Bengal monitor recovered from Assam’s Karimganj district
Bengal monitor recovered from Assam’s Karimganj district. Lafasil Karimganj falls under the Northern Assembly constituency, which is about 68 km from the city of Silchar. Sources said that a group of children saw the animal in Mamon Hussain’s fish on Tuesday morning and thought it was a crocodile.
The children immediately alerted some residents, after which Fisheries owner Mamon Hussain and a few locals rushed to the spot and tried to save the animal from the water. A few hours later, they managed to get him out of fishing and then reported it to the forest department.
Meanwhile, the news of the crocodile being caught in the area spread like wildfire and people gathered in large numbers to catch the fish. A team of foresters arrived on the scene and the animal was handed over to them, sources said.
Forest officials confirmed that it was a Bengal monitor (in Bengali – Gui Shap) and said that these reptiles are usually found in mountain reservoirs.
The animal suffered some injuries while recovering from the fishing and will be released after receiving necessary treatment, officials said. According to forest department officials, the reptile weighed about 10 kilograms and was about 7 feet long. Forest officials said the animal’s skin had a reddish tinge to it.
Fisherman Mamon Hussain reacted by saying that he had a deep love for animals and asked everyone to save the animal and hand it over to the forest department. Some older people (mostly homosexuals) said that they had seen such creatures in the village in their childhood, but they had never seen them so big (as is found on Tuesdays). Some residents said the reptiles may have migrated in search of food during the recent floods and may have been trapped in fishing.
Bengal monitors or common Indian monitors (Varanus bengalensis) are lizards that are widely distributed in the Indian subcontinent and in different parts of Southeast Asia and West Asia. Most terrestrial animals, Bengal monitors are carnivores and litters. Their typical diet consists of beetroot, gerbis, orthopedics, scorpions, snails, ants and other invertebrates. They also eat frogs, fish, lizards, snakes, rats and terrestrial birds. They are also scavengers and sometimes eat dead animals.