Giant Crocodile Strays Into Backyard Of House

**Kendrapara: ** Panic gripped Balipat village under Ram Nagar police out post limits within Mahakalpada forest here in the district on Sunday after a giant estuarine female crocodile was spotted at the backyard of a house.

According to sources, the giant reptile strayed into a cashew orchard for laying eggs. The crocodile was spotted by a villager after which he raised an alarm and gathered other villagers. The forest officials of Bhitarkanika National Park were also informed later about the incident.

It took around two hours for the officials to catch her. The captured reptile was later released into the river water.