Karnataka’s Kolage had a unique but unexpected visitor – a giant crocodile, who strolled through the village before heading back to its usual habitat, as per a video clip which went viral on various social media platforms on Thursday.
After a while, the crocodile vanished back into the river again. However, this incident has left residents in shock and fear.
According to a forest official, due to copious rains in Western Ghat region, rivers are flowing with its brim, including Kali river, one of the biggest rivers in Karnataka, and home to a large number of crocodiles, many of which are found near the temple at the tourist spot of Dandeli in Uttara Kannada district.
Scenes from coastal Karnataka where a crocodile got up from the river and went to town pic.twitter.com/UWYK0ftwiM
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Kolage is situated on the banks of river Kali but this was the first time that a crocodile was sighted in this village.
The sanctuary in Dandeli, where dense deciduous trees are interspersed with bamboo and teak plantations, is rich in flora and fauna. Crocodiles are a major wildlife attraction in this sanctuary, which offers both bird watching and crocodile spotting.