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Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: A four-feet-long snouted crocodile was spotted today at Jujhagad stone mine near Daruthenga area on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar triggering panic among the locals.

Sources said the reptile was first spotted by local residents while moving in the waters in the excavated parts of the mine.

A three-member team of the snake helpline led by honorary wildlife expert Subhendu Mallick visited the place where the crocodile was first spotted. Forest officials suspect that the reptile may have been swept into the area during the recent flooding.

Since the area is close to human settlement, forest officials informed that the reptile would be caught with a net and released into Chandaka Sanctuary.

Earlier on August 6, a six-feet-long crocodile was rescued from a pond in MV 78 village under Balimela in Malkangiri. Locals of the village rescued the crocodile with the help of a net and handed over the reptile to forest officials.

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