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Massive crocodile sparks panic in UP village, safely relocated

A nearly seven-foot-long mugger crocodile was successfully rescued and relocated after causing alarm in Darapur Raseni village, Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh. The operation was a joint effort by Wildlife SOS and the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department.

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Massive crocodile sparks panic in UP village, safely relocated

The crocodile was released back into the wild after thorough assessment.

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A nearly seven-foot-long mugger crocodile was successfully rescued and relocated after causing alarm in Darapur Raseni village, Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh. The operation was a joint effort by Wildlife SOS and the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department.

Villagers were startled when they spotted the large reptile in a local pond. The crocodile later moved to a nearby ditch, prompting immediate action from authorities. The Forest Department swiftly contacted Wildlife SOS for assistance in the rescue mission.

A team of three from the NGO, alongside forest officials, rushed to the scene. They carefully placed a trap cage to capture the crocodile. "We lured the crocodile into the cage and conducted an on-site medical examination before releasing it back into its natural habitat," explained a Wildlife SOS team member.

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder & CEO of Wildlife SOS, provided context for the incident. "The crocodile likely reached the village through a canal connected to agricultural fields," he said. "It's crucial that we learn to coexist with wildlife and respond sensitively to their presence in human-inhabited areas."

Baiju Raj M.V, Director of Conservation Projects at Wildlife SOS, highlighted the challenges of such operations. "Rescuing large reptiles like crocodiles requires extreme caution. Our team is experienced in handling these delicate situations," he stated.

Priyanka Yadav, Range Forest Officer in Firozabad, expressed gratitude for the successful operation. "We're pleased that the crocodile was safely relocated to a more suitable environment. The expertise of Wildlife SOS was invaluable in this sensitive rescue mission," she said.

The mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris), also known as the marsh crocodile, is native to the Indian subcontinent and surrounding regions. These reptiles typically inhabit freshwater environments such as rivers, lakes, and even village ponds.

This incident serves as a reminder of the increasing interactions between wildlife and human settlements, emphasizing the need for continued efforts in wildlife conservation and human-animal conflict mitigation.

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