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4-foot-long crocodile catches villagers in Uttar Pradesh off-guard

The 4-foot-long Mugger crocodile was caught in Uttar Pradesh's Kondra village

Wednesday night for the inhabitants of Kondra village in Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad district turned out to be surprising and hectic. They spotted a 4-foot-long Mugger crocodile in an artificial water body in the village.

The residents instead of taking action on their own, immediately altered the Wildlife SOS on its 24×7 emergency helpline.

The NGO’s Rapid Response Unit, equipped with the necessary rescue gear, travelled more than 60 kilometres to reach the location. Following all the standard protocols, the team in a late-night operation carefully rescued the reptile.

The crocodile was found to be healthy and released right after in a suitable habitat, in the presence of forest officials.

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The reptile after observation was found to be healthy and released in its natural habitat

Praising the villagers, Kartick Satyanarayan, CEO of Wildlife SOS said: “We have rescued crocodiles from the Firozabad district in the past. As a result, people are aware of their presence. However, spotting a crocodile in the middle of the night can catch anyone off-guard.”

Mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) which is also known as the Marsh crocodile is native to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and parts of Iran.