KENDRAPARA, India -- Perturbed over reports of a giant 18-feet-long crocodile running amuck, the wildlife officialsl of Bhitarkanika National Park have cautioned the tourists and the locals settlers on possible attacks by the reptile.
Lately the reptile has ensconced along the Khola water body which is the entry point to the national park. It has turned violent and there is every possibility that it may prey on humans. The crocodile is one of the prime tourist attractions of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. In the early hours of the winter it basks under the sun. The delicate male species dislike human interference in its tranquil habitat.
Though the crocodile has not killed anyone so far, it has devoured three to four cattle in the past. “Recently we have received reports of the animal attacking fishermen who had a close shave,’ said wildlife officials. “We have cautioned the tourists and the researchers who are not aware of the violent reptile,” they added.
In terms of size and shape, it is the largest estuarine crocodile, inhabiting the innumerable nullahs and creeks that criss-cross the water bodies in this internationally acclaimed wetland.
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