A teenage girl’s body has been found, after a crocodile snatched her from a riverbank in India, as authorities try to find the crocodile responsible.
The 15-year-old girl has been identified as Hiral Vagh, and she was washing utensils in the Machchhundri river when she was attacked, the Indian Express reported.
Dushyant Vasavada, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) of Junagadh Wildlife Circle told the Indian Express she was dragged deep into the water.
According to The Times of India, the attack on the girl happened around 7am on Wednesday morning and another woman who was washing her clothes at the river saw the attack and raised the alarm.
Authorities searched the river for Hiral’s body and found it hours later and have now begun efforts to find the crocodile.
“It is a difficult task to identify the reptile. But we have placed cages with baits on the bank of the river stretch where the incident took place,” Dheeraj Mittal, Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) of Gir (West) told The Indian Express.
“After rescuing the reptile, we will release it in the water away from the human habitation.”
In September this year a man was attacked by a crocodile in Queensland, while snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef.
The Department of Environment and Science (DES) confirmed in a statement to Yahoo News Australia the man was bitten by the crocodile on his head and neck while snorkelling in Anchor Bay on Lizard Island.
The man was airlifted to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
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