Four crocodiles were rescued in the early hours of Monday from Vadodara and surrounding villages, taking the total number of these reptiles saved during this year's monsoon to 76, a senior Gujarat forest department official said.
"The hostel for resident doctors of Sir Sayajirao General Hospital is near Vishwamitri River and the crocodile may have come from there. One was caught from the Kalali railway crossing, while two others were rescued from Hansapura and Kapurai villages," Dave said.
"It created panic among the residents there. But teams of animal welfare NGOs and the forest department rescued them in an operation that last till 2am today," said Arvind Pawar, a member of one of the rescue teams.
Dave said THAT incessant rains this year has brought several crocodiles out of Vishwamitri and Dhadhar Rivers and nearby ponds onto the streets and residential complexes. "Since August 1, we have rescued 76 crocodiles, including 41 after August 16," Dave said. Officials said Vishwamitri and Dhadhar Rivers are home to more than 250 crocodiles.
As a result of mass deluge in Vadodara in August, multiple crocodiles were sighted in the third-largest city in Gujarat, with visuals of authorities, residents and even dogs attempting to manage them emerging. Here are some of the videos which show the crocodiles moving freely through the city street.
A crocodile from Vishwamitri river is hunting dogs on the flooded streets of Vadodara City in Gujarat. The river which flows through the city is home to over 260 Crocodiles and is currently overflowing after Vadodara received 499 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. @TheQuint pic.twitter.com/6hT9cg5usK— Rahul Raghavan Nair (@lateralparabola) August 1, 2019
(With PTI Inputs)