Elusive crocodile captured at Corbyn’s Cove

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
4 Dec 2017

Staff of the Forest Department on Monday captured a 2.5 metre-long crocodile that was being sighted at Corbyn’s Cove continuously for the past three days. The agency had laid a trap at the beach to capture the amphibian and forest workers along staff from the Information, Publicity and Tourism Department and some volunteers were continuously monitoring the situation. Traps with chicken as bait was laid in the potential sites of crocodile visit and after persistent attempts, at around 2.30 pm on Monday, Ranger Officer, Mr Suresh Vengappan, Deputy Ranger, Mr Manjit Singh, Head Forest Guard, Mr Jay Kumar, Forester Mr. Vincent, Animal Attender, Mr Laxman and daily rated staff namely, Manual Ekka, Ranjan Hawlader, Viswjeet Ram captured the 200 kilo crocodile and shifted it to Mini Zoo at Haddo.
On Sunday, the 2.5 mtr crocodile was sighted by visitors on several occasions swimming close to Corbyn’s Cove beach after which a trap was laid to catch the amphibian. However, no untoward incident was reported as government staff  present at the spot warned visitors to venture anywhere close to the sea. The Forest Department and other government agencies remained stationed at the spot to capture the reptile and release it to safe habitats.