Five-year-old crocodile living in sewage body for three months rescued

A five-year-old crocodile was rescued from a sewage body in India, several weeks after the forest department was alerted to its presence by local residents.

The male crocodile was lurking in a sewerage-fed waterbody on the outskirts of Solapur.

“The 1.85-metre long crocodile was in the waterbody, which is made up sewerage coming from Solapur city, for the past three months. After residents alerted us, we observed the movement of the animal for one-and-half months and set up three cages with meat as bait,” Irshad Shaikh, Range Forest Officer, Solapur said.

“It was important that we rescue it quickly as the water is contaminated and could harm the animal. Today, members of RESQ, an animal welfare outfit from Pune, and forest staff rescued the crocodile after it entered one of the cages. It is under medical observation,” the official added.