6 Yr Old Girl Tiki Dalai Saved her Schoolmate from Crocodile attack #Odisha #Kendrapada
Kendrapara: A six-year-old tiny toddler from a remote village of Odisha’s Kendrapara district on Tuesday displayed exemplary courage to save her playful mate from claws of death following attack by a furious estuarine crocodile.
The survivor Basanti Dalai, 1st standard student of a government-run primary school in Bankuala village undergoing treatment at a government-run hospital recalled the harrowing experience and thanked schoolmate Tiki Dalai for surviving from croc attack.
The victim sustained multiple wounds on her hand and thigh and is stated to be out of danger.
Both the girls were taking bath in the village pond when a crocodile leaped from the water and attacked Basanti all on a sudden. However she managed to survive as her schoolmate picking up a bamboo stick dealt a blow on animal’s head. The retile which had clung onto the victim was jolted by the sudden attack and left the girl to slip into the water. She deserves praise for the brave act, said a local resident Pradip Kumar Das.
“The attack was so sudden that I had little time to react. The stick that was lying near the pond saved my friend from dying”, Tiki, who is also enrolled in the village school, narrated.
I acted on the spur of the moment. I had taken it for granted that the animal would kill my friend, she narrated.
The latest croc attack occurred outside the national park limits. The state forest department would bear the cost of treatment of the man injured following croc attack. Besides the department would also award compensation sum to the injured person’s family as per revised rules, said Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) forest division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya.
Forest personnel however are of the view that people are exposing themselves to croc attack by venturing into croc-infested water bodies.
“The forest department has initiated a series of measures to save human and domesticated animals’ lives from preying crocs. Over a two dozen of riverside spots were identified as danger zones because of frequent sighting of reptiles in these places. Warning has been issued to people to avoid these troubled water zones. The bathing ghats which have become vulnerable due to croc intrusion have been barricaded”, said officials. SRC OTV