Strange But True, There Are Crocodiles In Mumbai Drains. Recently, A 4.4 ft One Was Rescued

Humankind is taking over the Earth and its resources faster than ever before, abusing nature and the animals who call it their home. As a result, the animals are losing their habitat and moving into human settlements to try and survive. Animals like Leopards have been reported to be roaming the streets in cities and even attacking people.

Something similar happened in Mumbai when a 4.4 feet Marsh crocodile was found in one of the drains in a Construction site in Mulund on Sunday by the Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW).

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They took to Facebook to post about the incident which shocked residents and passers-by alike. They wrote,

4.4 feet Male Croc stuck in the drain at the Construction site in Mulund, Rescued!

Late afternoon today,
A distress call was reported to our helpline from a residential society in Mulund regarding sightings of a crocodile in a drain at a construction site next to the society.

While responding to the call members of RAWW Rescue team were assigned to check the ground situation.

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Soon after reaching the spot our team located the crocodile in a drain and checked if there was any route directly connecting to its natural habitat which was not found.
The Mumbai Range of Thane Forest Department was alerted and preparations for initiating a rescue operation started.

Our team did the survey of the area and checked all possible exit points for the reptile to escape which entered into human zones, which were soon evaluated and secured.

The reptile was in a 5 feet pit connecting to a drain and there were possibilities of reptile ending up near the labour camp of the construction site or the work area which had potentials of leading into a Human Wildlife Conflict situation.

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A 15 member team of wildlife rescuers from RAWW and the Mumbai Range of Forest Department began the rescue operation which lasted for 7 hours after which the crocodile was safely captured.

Around 6 PM in the evening the water pumps and halogen lights were arranged to bring down the water level and good visibility. At the same time, a team was clearing the choked drain line due to which the water flow was slow which lead to the formation of a pit.

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After two hours the water level decreased to an extent when the teams started setting nets in the pit.

Around 8:45 PM the crocodile was spotted which was hiding in a hollow space between the junctions of the drains in the pit.

Around 9:25 PM all the nets were properly set in the pit and the teams waited for an hour to allow the crocodile to move in the water and enter in the nets.

Around 10:30 PM the first effort was called off as the crocodile did not move into the nets and soon preparations for the next started which was initiated 30 minutes later.

Failing two more attempts when the teams changed the positions of the nets the crocodile entered the nets and was then safely removed out of the pit around 1:00 AM.

It was then allowed to stabilize in the custody of the Forest Department overnight.

It was headed for a medical examination to our Honorary Wildlife Veterinarian Dr Rina Dev who identified it as a Male Marsh Crocodile, Weight 8.8 kgs, Age around 5 to 6 years approx.

It was declared fit by Dr Rina Dev after which its scutes were clipped for identification in future followed by all necessary paperwork the crocodile was released back to its natural habitat which shall remain undisclosed for the protection of the reptile.

In a video, the reptile can be seen running towards the water when it is released, finally at one with its habitat and disappearing under the water. You can watch it here:

Posted by Pawan Sharma on 5 ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 2018

It is extremely disturbing how quickly the animals are getting displaced from their natural habitat. It is high time we stop thinking selfishly and start thinking about the environment instead.