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Crocodile strolls into Karnataka village

Crocodile strolls into Karnataka village Sumesh Rajan 4 July 2021 A huge crocodile made a surprise visit to Kogilban village near the resort town of Dandeli in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, on July 1, scaring the wits out of the villagers. The reptile had come out of the nearby Kali river, which meanders through the Kali Tiger Reserve (earlier known as Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve), in the district. Fortunately, it did not attack anyone, nor the humans following it at a distance or those taking videos of it. The crocodile walked at a leisurely pace and did not even bother the stray dogs that came near it. The villagers contacted the forest department officials who rushed to the spot and captured it, before releasing it unharmed into the river. According to wildlife officials, Kali river has a sizable population of crocodiles. Keeping that in mind, a crocodile park has been set up in Dandeli.

Dog clashes with Cobra to save its litter

Dog clashes with Cobra to save its litter

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Sumesh Rajan

Mumbai: 19 September 2018

The Parida family of Satabhauni Bazaar in the outskirts of Bhadrak city of Odisha, India, became apprehensive when their pet dog, which had given birth to a litter of eight puppies only a couple of days ago, started barking incessantly on September 17 late evening.

The dog had its litter tucked away under the entrance staircase of the house. On checking the cause for the non-stop barking, Bijay Parida, the house owner found that a Spectacled Cobra – one of the most venomous snakes in the world – had preyed upon one of the pups, and the mother dog was barking loudly and clashing with the cobra to save the rest of her brood.

“I received a call from Parida at about 7.45 pm saying that his pet dog and its family were being attacked by a cobra. It took about half an hour for me to reach the spot. By the time I reached there, the Cobra had already killed four of the puppies,” said snake rescuer Mirza Mohammed Arif, who claims to have rescued over 12,900 snakes in the last 15 years of his rescue mission.

“The mother dog was very much agitated on seeing her babies killed by the snake and was barking madly all the while trying to stave off the cobra from killing the other pups. Being ensconced under the staircase, I was finding it difficult to rescue the snake straight away. I had to literally go down on my knees to catch the snake and was worried that it could strike me at any time. Even as I caught it by its tail and was pulling it out, the agitated dog would try to bite the snake and the snake would raise its hood and attack the dog. I was worried that in this clash, either the dog or the snake would turn on me. But somehow, I managed to pull out the snake, and bottled it up. The whole operation took about half an hour,” said Arif, adding that the snake was released in the wild later.

“Once our pet dog, which had given birth to eight puppies only two days ago, started barking wildly, we realized that something was wrong. When we checked the place beneath the staircase on the outside of the house when she had her litter, we saw a Cobra attacking the pups and called Arif to catch the snake. Four puppies were killed by the snake, and though the snake also tried to attack the mother dog, it was unharmed and is safe with the rest of her pups,” said Parida. 

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