Endangered female crocodile shifted from Ah`bad to Chennai
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Last Updated: Friday, April 16, 2010, 17:39
Chennai: An endangered female Tomistoma crocodile was transported by Air India from Kamala Nehru Zoo in Ahmedabad to Chennai Friday.

An airline press release said the reptile, known as the False Gharial, was brought here 'free-of-cost' as a goodwill gesture,in support of the cause of protection of such species.

Air India's gesture follows a request from Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, home to many crocodiles, to help transport it to the city to pair with only male crocodile 'Psycho', it said.

The airline said it had followed all IATA rules for transporting live animals.

'Tomistoma', a five metre crocodile, is widely found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. It preys on a variety of animals, including fish and mammals upto the size of a small antelope. Their numbers have dwindled to less than 2,500 due to logging, habitat destruction, over fishing and being caught and trapped in fishing nets.


First Published: Friday, April 16, 2010, 17:39

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