Ghariyal comes calling home

June 21st, 2008 - 10:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, June 21 (IANS) There was panic in Motipur village of Bahraich district in Uttar pradesh when a ghariyal - the second largest member of the crocodile family of reptiles - wandered out of the Ghaghra river and entered the house of a villager. The village, about 120 km from here, is located on the banks of the river in the Katarniya Ghat forest division and a ghariyal rehabilitation centre is located there.

The animal entered the house of Munshilal in the early hours of Saturday.

Villagers managed to trap the ghariyal but it bit off Ram Manohar’s thumb when he was trying to tie its mouth.

“A team of our forest division soon reached the village and took the ghariyal in its possession. It was later released in the river,” a forest official told IANS.

Barely a week ago, two children went missing from near the banks of the same river in Akbarpur village of Ambedkar Nagar district, about 200 km from here.

Villagers believe crocodiles must have attacked them.

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