Friday, 30 September, 2022
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38 hatchlings from a crocodile at Sundarbans breeding centre

38 hatchlings from a crocodile at Sundarbans breeding centre

BAGERHAT: Pilpil, a crocodile at the Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Centre in the Sundarbans, got 38 hatchlings on Monday, said forest officials.

This is the first time that the authorities concerned of Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Centre get 100 per cent success in a hatchling procession.

Azad Kabir, officer-in-charge of Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Centre of Sundarbans East zone, said a crocodile named ‘Pilpil’ laid 38 eggs and the eggs were kept in the digital incubator for hatching - and all 38 hatched baby crocs.

It takes 82 days for hatching the croc babies and the authorities concerned of the wildlife center will look after these for 6-7 years and then release them to the rivers and canals of the Sundarbans.

So far, they have been able to release 206 crocodiles in rivers and canals of the Sundarbans.

Sources said two crocodiles named ‘Juliet’ and ‘Pilpil’ laid 168 eggs from 2017 to 2019 but all failed to hatch.

In 2020, four hatchlings were found in September.

According to the Forest Department, the government built the Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Centre in 2000 with five crocodiles from the Sundarbans.