5 crocodiles rescued by Raigad based NGO
A week ago, five crocodiles were found by a private island owner in his farm pond, but instead of panicking he wished to leave them be.
On May 14, a Raigad-based NGO, Organisation for Wild Life Studies (OWLS), received a call that some crocodiles had entered the pond.Ganesh Mahendale, founder-member of OWLS said that their volunteers found five crocodiles in all but did not want the crocodiles to go into trauma, hence decided to return the next day with more volunteers and rescue them.
Initially, the island owner kept insisting that he had no problem with the presence of crocodiles in his pond, but later, worried for the safety of his workers, he suggested that the rescue team release them into the Dasgaon creek, around 200 m away.
Since the farm pond had a plastic sheet on the bed, it’s possible that the crocodiles could not go back to the creek and kept slipping on the slippery bed.
The NGO has asked the island owner to build a wall around the pond to prevent crocodiles from venturing in again.
Crocodile sightings are common in the Dasgaon creek, which is close to Savitririver in Mahad, Raigad. The reptiles rescued were 4.5-8 ft long. The NGO also found some crocodile nests on the bank of the creek.