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Friday, March 26, 2010

Crocodile comes out of Lake to prevent human intrusion

A two meter long Crocodile came on to the tank bund walkway to greet the strollers and Joggers at 7.00 in the morning at Kukkarahalli Lake, under the jurisdiction of University of Mysore on Thursday 27 March, 2010

After the intervention of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Talwar and the Director of Zoo, Mr. Vijay Ranjan Singh, the public were kept at a distance as the crocodile safely reentered the waters of the lake without any injury and harm from onlookers.

Is this Nature’s own self-protection mechanism at work? One wonders.

The Rangayana artistes of Mysore were preparing to stage Kuvempu’s play ‘ Malenadina Madhumagalu’ at Rangayana and part of the play was to be enacted on temporary structures to be set up at 3 locations around the Kukkarahalli Lake. The 8- hour experimental play starting from night up to morning, showing different locations of Malenadu was to be staged at Rangayana and around Kuukarahalli Lake.

Sensing disturbance to the ecology at large and for birds, crocodiles and snakes in the lake and to the flora and fauna around, several people had taken up this matter with the Deputy Commissioner Mr. Manivannan and the Vice chancellor Prof. Talwar.

Prof. Talwar though at first refused to consider the request later promised to allow Rangayana provided they followed some guidelines with respect to the safety of animals. Mr. Talwar had also raised questions with regard to the safety of public who would come to watch the play at night in such surroundings.

As it always happens, when human beings dither, Mother Nature thought she should take the matter in her own hands.

Yesterday a 2-meter long Crocodile came out of the lake quietly and was seen sunbathing at the Kukkarahalli Lakebund!

Before a crowd could collect and kill the animal (Remember last year’s killing of a Baby Cheetah near Karanji Lake?), Prof Talwar alerted the zoo authorities and before any mishap could occur, the crocodile having proved a point just slid back to Kukkarahalli Lake.

Now forget the Play, even public will think twice before they jog / take a walk around the lake; At least for the time being.
One thing is for cetain; Kuvempu himself would not have allowed his Play to be staged near the lake disturbing animals and rare plants dotting Kukkarahalli Lake. It seems some sort of poetic justice at work here!

Nature’s ways to save other species are really remarkable. If only man could learn little bit of that humility and not arrogantly intrude in to their space…

Photo courtesy; The Hindu 26 March ‘10




  • Fascinating story - and sad that other species have more sense than us, supposedly the most intelligent of them all.

    By Anonymous Kamini, at 5:10 AM  

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