Rare freshwater crocodile caught from Faridpur reservoir
A rare freshwater crocodile was caught today from a reservoir by locals at the Dangi village of North Channel union of Faridpur Sadar upazila.
Residents of the area caught the crocodile with a net around noon today. Later around 4 pm, it was pulled ashore from the water, reports our Faridpur correspondent quoting locals.
According to locals, Shahjahan Mollah of the village saw that something was chasing his ducks in the reservoir, when he went to find out what it was, he noticed the crocodile.
Later Shahjahan along with the local people caught the reptile with a net.
"Nirmal Kumar Pal, the divisional officer of the Khulna Region Department of Wildlife Extension and Nature Conservation, has been informed and they are already on their way to take custody of the reptile," said Mostakuzzaman, Union Parishad chairman of North Channel.
He added that the crocodile is 8.5 feet long and weighs about 60 kg.
On July 24, locals first spotted the crocodile. After that, the general public was advised not to go into the water. Later, a warning sign was put up on the bank of the reservoir.
On July 28 and July 30, the Khulna Region Department of Wildlife Extension and Nature Conservation took several attempts to catch the crocodile but it could not be caught.