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Gujarat Forest Dept. rescue distressed crocodiles and cobras caught in incessant rains in Vadodara

Two crocodiles which came out in Vadodara were rescued by Wildlife SOS-GSPCA team

While the monsoon has brought relief for the residents of Vadodara in Gujarat from the scorching heat, it has also forced several animal species to come to the city. In the last few days, the Wildlife SOS-Gujarat Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in collaboration with the Gujarat Forest Department, rescued several reptiles, including two juvenile crocodiles.

A four-foot-long young mugger crocodile, spotted by locals in Dumad village, was caught thanks to a prompt call by the residents. In a daunting late night rescue operation, the Wildlife SOS-GSPCA rescue team, equipped with necessary gear, arrived at the scene. The absence of light in the surrounding areas made working at night very difficult but the team managed to rescue the animal.

In another incident near Rajmahal Palace locals were surprised to spot a two-foot-long crocodile. Realising the gravity of the situation, they alerted the Wildlife SOS-GSPCA Rapid Response Unit. They responded swiftly and ensured the safe rescue of the crocodile, preventing any harm to the reptile or residents in the area.

Vadodara Wildlife SOS Monitor lizard
A monitor lizard was also rescued Wildlife SOS-GSPCA team

Both the crocodiles are now with the Gujarat Forest Department and will soon return to their natural habitat once deemed fit for release.

It was not just crocodiles but also several other reptiles that were sighted due to incessant rains and increased humidity. The Wildlife SOS-GSPCA team rescued among various species one Bengal monitor lizard, one common cat snake, one common trinket snake and several spectacled cobras.

Talking about these incidents, Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said: “The citizens of Vadodara are urged to remain vigilant and report any sightings of distressed wildlife to the Wildlife SOS 24×7 emergency rescue helpline. The collaborative efforts of the public and authorities will continue to play a crucial role in the successful rescue and rehabilitation of vulnerable wildlife.”