On July 1st, the residents of Kogilabanna village in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada witnessed a spine-chilling moment when a crocodile was seen walking on the streets. According to reports, the reptile came from the Kali river in Dandeli town which is situated about 5 km from the village. Soon after the reptile was seen on the streets, the local residents notified the Forest Department officials to capture the animal and released it into the river.
Watch the video:
Beautiful big Mugger crocodile seen walking on the streets of Kogilabanna village in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district this morning, reports @nolanentreeo. Has been safely released back into the Kali River by Forest Department officials. @IndiaToday pic.twitter.com/FkO0AKTcbU
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) July 1, 2021
The reptile was first spotted by a local resident in the village at around 7 am in morning. As seen in the video, the crocodile seemed to be parading down the streets of the village while locals, including several children, followed it at a distance.
“It came from the river and walked around for about half-an-hour in an area filled with houses. All of us were surprised but we stayed at a distance and informed the Forest Department around 7.30 am,” Sudheer, a local resident
The Forest Department Officials took about 45 minutes to reach the spot and successfully capturing the crocodile and guide the reptile back into the river.
“The Kali river is adjacent to the village and hence this is a habitat of crocodiles. They have made it their home and lay eggs there. Once in a while, they spot an opening and climb over it to reach the streets nearby,” Ramu Gouda, Deputy Range Forest Officer (RFO)
However, this wasn’t the first time that such a reptile was seen entering into a residential area. Just a few months back, an alligator had entered the same village and attacked a goat belonging to a local resident. Forest officials had captured the alligator and also provided compensation to the goat’s owner.
“Usually, the reptiles are harmless, however, because of crowds or noise they tend to get scared or violent at times,” the official added.
Here’s how netizens are reacting to the incident:
Damn. I used to raft the Kali river often. The locals told me that it had crocodiles which I never believed!
— Indranil Roy (@Indrani1_Roy) July 1, 2021
I remember a kayaking trip in the river… and a lot of stupid stuff had happened then… 😅
— Murali Jagannathan (@MuraliJagannat1) July 1, 2021
Recently karnataka has a surge in wild animals in City….. 🙂
— ej (@ej67301735) July 1, 2021
I did river rafting more than 10 yrs back in the Kali river near dandeli..had no clue it had crocos back then otherwise wd nt hv even jumped into the water. Stayed in the water for so long.
— Amit (@aammiitt2) July 1, 2021