Forest officials build 27-metre ‘ECO BRIDGE’ to assist reptiles cross road on busy highway

Forest officials in the Indian state of Uttarakhand built a unique bridge for reptiles and other small animals to cross a busy highway in the mountainous state.

A 27-metre “Eco Bridge”, made from bamboo, jute and grass, is the first of its kind, according to reports.

Many animals have been run over by speeding cars on this road that leads to Nainital, a popular tourist destination in the state.

Officials are now growing creepers and grass to attract animals to the bridge.

The bridge itself has now become a tourist attraction, with many passing through stopping to take photos and selfies. But the forest department hopes that it will soon start attracting animals as well.

“This is a dense forest, and elephants, leopards, deer and bulls move in this area. Drivers can see them from some distance and slow down or stop, but they rarely do so for snakes, lizards, monitors or squirrels,” a forest official told an Indian daily.

Officials are hopeful that this bridge will help create awareness around smaller animals and reptiles in the area as well as help to protect them.