A 9.5-foot-long crocodile was rescued from Aniran village near Jarod in Vadodara district after panicked villagers found it slithering on a road in the village.
“It is possible that the crocodile might have migrated all the way from Ajwa lake, which is around 25 kms from the village. Another probability is that it might have come out of the main canal passing along the village and walked all the way inside the village,” said Snehal Bhatt of wildlife NGO, GSPCA.
Ajwa lake is home to hundreds of crocodiles which sometimes come out of their habitat and migrate to far off places in search of food, Bhatt, a wildlife expert said. Naramda canal carries water from Narmada river which also has sizeable population of crocodiles. The reservoir of the Narmada dam at Kevadia in Narmada district is where a majority of crocodiles rescued in Vadodara are released.
“It is hard for crocodiles released into the reservoir to adjust to a new environment and live among other crocodiles. Increasing number also cause food shortage which forces them to migrate,” Bhatt said.
This is one of the largest crocodiles rescued during this season, even as incidents of crocodiles being spotted among human habitat continue to be reported in and around Vadodara. A 15-foot-long crocodile remains the longest for the current season, while total number of crocodiles rescued this season may number over two dozens, wildlife rescuers said.