After 4 days of search, a marsh crocodile, measuring 6.43 ft and weighing 35.4 kg, was rescued from a pond behind the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) headquarters on Tuesday. Thane Forest Range officers and Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA) officers started rescue operations on Friday after a video of the crocodile went viral on February 17 and sparked complaints from residents and the NMMC’s catastrophe administration cell.
Aditya Patil, president of WWA, stated, “On 17 February, we received a request to relocate the crocodile. Over the next few days, we secured the pond’s exit points. We located the reptile on Sunday morning using a boat and set up a cage, containing meat, that night. We trapped the crocodile at 12.10 a.m. on Tuesday.”
Mr. Patil stated the pond was unfold throughout two acres and the cage was partially submerged in water. The cage was geared up with a digital camera and WWA volunteers monitored it 24×7. “Crocodiles need to breathe once on land and can then remain in water for close to an hour. So locating them is a big challenge,” he stated.
Thane Forest Range officer Narendra Muthe stated the round six-year-old feminine crocodile had been roaming the sewers and creeks of Navi Mumbai for a number of years and plenty of movies of it had gone viral on social media.
Mr. Patil stated the crocodile was additionally noticed in Juinagar creek and it later inhabited a synthetic pond used for fish rearing.
Mr. Muthe stated, “The reptile entered a pond behind the NMMC headquarters. Since it posed a threat of stepping out and attacking pedestrians and residents of nearby hutments, we decided to relocate it.”
After a medical take a look at at Sanjay Gandhi National Park to examine if the reptile had swallowed any hazardous materials like plastic or steel, it was shifted to a protected location past metropolis limits on Tuesday night.