Kendrapara: Forest personnel Monday rescued a 12-feet long mugger crocodile from river Luna near Balarampur ghat, said Sudarshan Behera, DFO of Cuttack.
The reptile was rescued with the help of nets and expert crocodile catchers of Bhitarkanika National Park, he added. “With the principal chief conservator of forest’s permission, the reptile was sent to Nandankanan Zoological Park,” Behera said.
For the last four days, people of riverside villages were in a state of panic after they spotted the crocodile in the river. Monday morning, when a local went to catch fish in the river, he found the mugger basking in the sand bed and sounded an alert. Locals informed it to Kendrapara forest range personnel.