National Safety Day 2021

Animal lover Hemant Wadhwana and Forest Department team conducted a joint rescue operation

The city of Vadodara is surrounded by a large crocodile population and they often strayed at residential areas or farms in city and district. In one such incident a giant crocodile was rescued in a joint operation by animal lover Hemant Wadhwana and a team from the Forest Department. The crocodile is estimated to be 11 feet long and weigh around 400 kilograms.

Numerous crocodiles lives at the banks of Vishwamitri River, which flows through the center of the city. They often strayed inside residential areas due to rising water levels during the rainy season. On normal days, crocodiles rarely roam in residential areas or farms. The largest crocodile rescue operation of the year 2021 was carried out on Saturday morning near a ditch at Asoj.

At 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, an 11-foot-long crocodile was spotted during construction work in Asoj village. Fear spread among those present at the site after saw such a big crocodile. The team of animal lover Hemant Wadhwana was contacted to rescue the crocodile and they arrived at the scene immediately after receiving the call. They began rescue operations as the crocodile was injured after get trapped in a ditch.

Hemant Wadhwana’s team along with Jigneshbhai Parmar and Shaileshbhai Rawal of the forest department jointly carried out the rescue operation and after a 2 hour struggle finally rescued the crocodile. The crocodile was injured in the nose. The estimated weight of the 11-foot-long crocodile is 400 kilograms. JCB machine was used to rescue the huge injured crocodile. The crocodile and the rescuer were not injured due to extreme caution in the rescue operation of the giant crocodile.


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