19 crocodiles found dead at Karamjal reproduction centre

19 crocodiles found dead at Karamjal reproduction centre

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Dhaka – Nineteen baby crocodiles have been found dead at Karamjal Wildlife Reproduction Centre in Bagerhat of the Sundarbans.M Saidul Islam, divisional forest officer (DFO) of the Sundarbans East, said the forest officials recovered the 19 dead babies that bore several injury marks from a reservoir of the Wildlife Reproduction Centre on Sunday morning.There were 277 crocodiles in the centre. However, 43 of them earlier went missing while 19 were found dead on Sunday, he said.Following the experience of 43 missing, the Forest Division set up 10 CCTV cameras in and around the reproduction centre on Sunday night.During the monitoring of the camera on live, the forest officials observed that a leopard (chitabiral) was attempting to hunt the babies after tearing the nets early hours of Monday.  Later, they shot the leopard to death.Some 43 crocodiles went missing from Karamjal Wildlife Reproduction Centre in the Sundarbans, which came to light on January 30.The government established the breeding centre under Chandpai range of the Sundarbans in 2002 aiming to breed and rear the endangered saltwater crocodiles.The centre started its journey with five saltwater crocodiles found in various canals of the world’s largest mangrove forest.The saline water crocodiles generally lay egg in May-June in the coastal areas. And the crocodile eggs are hatched artificially to increase their fertility rate.UNB

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