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[Ambassador report] 2nd freshwater crocodile spotted in 50 years

by Sumit Chowdhury | 14-02-2019 01:33 Comments 9 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



For over a century now, freshwater crocodiles were believed to be extinct from the Bangladesh. However, in the past 50 years two such crocodiles were spotted, the most recent one being at Char Komorpur in Pabna. The crocodile has taken shelter in a disconnected lagoon of the Padma river for over a week at the char, near Komorpur village.

Locals in the area said since the water level has receded, the lagoon was disconnected from the main channel of the river.This was the second freshwater crocodile seen in a river in the last 50 years as it was believed to be extinct from the country's rivers for a century, the forest department said.

Locals said the huge crocodile was seen in the water near the river bank a week ago. While some villagers made attempts to kill the animal out of fear, others protested.

The fear of the crocodile has stopped locals from going to the river. They have demanded that the animal be rescued from the spot and relocated but forest department officials have refused to do so for the sake of the reptile's safety.

About six to seven feet long, a part of the crocodile's face can sometimes be seen above the water. It eats fish in the river or foxes that roam near the banks, locals said. Forest department and wild life department officials visited the spot and together took the decision to let the crocodile stay where it was.

its a big crocodile and the lagoon near the river is safe for the animal. The crocodile takes shelter in the deepest portion of the water body about one kilometer away from the locality. There is also enough food for it in the spot

Crocodile

9 Comments

Joon Ho Mentor

  • Joon Ho Mentor says :
    Hello Sumit, I saw that crocodile in relative article a couple of days ago and it was a bit odd for me to know that as the crocodile could get adopted to freshwater easily without respiratory system changes from seawater-based respiration system.
    Whether it is true or not, it does not seem likely to have that crocodile in that lake as someone released him illegally on his or her intention. Securing croco's safety and taking time to see how it goes in that lake will ensure croco's future and sudden biodiversity change case.
    Thanks for your report, and hope regional people can be safe from that croc too!
    Posted 18-02-2019 17:30

Deepak  Subedi

  • Deepak Subedi says :
    Hello Sachin
    It is good news for your country,
    We have many such crocodile in my country. :)

    Posted 18-02-2019 01:00

Gyeongrin mentor

  • Gyeongrin mentor says :
    Hello Sumit
    Glad to hear that the extinct-believed crocodile was seen in the river!
    Many animals have gotten extinct as a result of immoderate industrialization by human actions.
    Now it is the time that our actions could save them.
    Hope no more species go extinct.
    Thanks for the report :)
    Posted 15-02-2019 12:57

Enjeck Mbeh Cleopatra

  • Enjeck Mbeh Cleopatra says :
    Officials need to take extra steps to safe guard this animal. Before things get out of hand

    Posted 15-02-2019 04:04

Faith  Cherotich

  • Faith Cherotich says :
    Wow! I sure hope their numbers increase, thanks for sharing the wonderful news Sumit.
    Posted 14-02-2019 21:25

Elizaveta Zaretskaya

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Sumit

    Glad to hear that crocodiles weren't totally extinct from there. Now special focus should be provided to protect those crocodiles so that their number could be increased. Many animals are at vulnerable stage with few already getting extinct. We must focus on their preservation and protection as we know how important are they for us.

    Thank you for your beautiful report.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.
    Green Cheers from Nepal.

    Yours,
    Kushal Naharki
    Posted 14-02-2019 13:30

Balyejusa John Hillary

  • Balyejusa John Hillary says :
    That's so good to see that the fresh water crocodile are not exactly extint. Just wondering if there is a the crocodiles could be brought in from other place. In Uganda there are so many fresh water crocodiles and looks like there is almost no threat of extinction for them
    Posted 14-02-2019 13:24

Sachin Regmi

  • Sachin Regmi says :
    Hy sumit,
    As Nepal is a landlock country there are different species of crocodiles and ghrials freshwater, here. A sanctuary also called breeding centre is located inside chitwan national park.
    Thank you for the report :) :)

    Posted 14-02-2019 12:19

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