Elusive crocodile caught from Khadakwasla Dam
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.