Crocodile lays eggs without mating

By | July 15, 2009

The country’s only captive white crocodile, which had become famous for shunning mating habits, has laid eggs and that too without mating.

Living in isolation and detached from males, the 33-year-old Gori laid about 30 eggs in the captivity of a pen in the crocodile research farm of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary here.

The eggs however lacked fertility contents and potency for procreation, officials said, adding that besides Gori another captive female crocodile also laid ‘infertile’ eggs last week.

“Laying of eggs by isolated reptiles is a rare occurrence. The eggs have been preserved for research work,” the officials said.

Gori, acclaimed as the country’s lone captive white crocodile, is famous for its typical behavioural instinct.

In isolation since its birth in the sanctuary in 1975, the animal had avoided mating despite several attempts by forest officials. It had even attacked a male crocodile that had been released into the pen for mating.

The enigmatic Gori has been keeping bad health since the past few years.

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