13 October, Kendrapara (Odisha)
A rare baby male albino was hatched artificially at the Dangamala based Crocodile Breeding and Research centre after a gap of nearly four decades.
This was for the second time an albino was hatched after Gori hatched in 1975 artificially at the Dangamala Crocodile Research center on June 26, 1975 and attracted a lot of tourists.
The male baby albino if remained alive then it would allure tourist like Gori to Bhitarkanika National park, Kanika Forest Range Ranger A K Nayak said.
The forest personnel were asked to take special care of the baby male albino and to monitor its behavior.Bhitarkanika forest officials had collected 58 crocodile eggs earlier from a wild nest from Ganjeikhia creek during the breeding season.
The eggs were later kept at the artificial hatchery in Dangamal Crocodile Breeding and Research centre for incubation under semi-natural conditions. While 42 eggs were hatched, 10 hatchlings died.
The baby albino was among the 32 estuarine crocodiles hatched artificially three months back. The forest officials, however, came to know and identified the albino only a few days back.