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Elusive crocodile caught from Khadakwasla Dam

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 14:16

Pune: Scaring the locals with its frequent
appearance, a 150 kg crocodile was finally netted from the
Khadakwasla Dam after a year-long search.

The reptile was captured last night after a 10-hour long
operation undertaken by forest and zoo officials, who were
joined by cadets of the National Defence Academy (NDA).

A forest department spokesman said the four-foot long
crocodile, which had remained elusive for about a year after
being spotted on and off in the dam, was netted after the
irrigation officials reduced the water flow in the dam to
make the animal visible.
A squad of animal keepers of the Katraj Snake Park, fire
brigade personnel and police, too, were kept in readiness
while the `operation crocodile` was underway.
The crocodile, currently kept at the Snake Park would
be sent to a wild life sanctuary in Sangli district.

The presence of the crocodile had affected the boating
and exercises of the NDA cadets.

First Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 14:16

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