In your dose of bizarre news for the day, about 500 people in a small village in Chhattisgarh recently attended the last rites of their beloved, wait for it, crocodile.
Known as Gangaram, the three-meter-long reptile was about 130 years old and was buried in the village after his last rites were performed.
The incident took place in Bawamohatra, a village in Bemetra district of Chhattisgarh, where people gathered near the community pond and started weeping after they saw that the crocodile had died.
The crocodile died of natural causes and was carried to its funeral on a tractor, decorated with flowers and garlands.
A source from the village even praised the reptile for being friendly and said, “Even the kids of the village could swim around him and Gangaram had never harmed or attacked anyone. Gangaram was not a crocodile but a friend and a divine creature for us who was worshipped in this village.”
Seems like the villagers were emotionally attached to the reptile and were heartbroken after his death.
In fact, the villagers now wish to build a statue of Gangaram near the pond to remember their friend, who got the village a new name Magarmachha vala gaaon’.
It may be bizarre, but it is a classic example of how humans and animals can coexist without harming each other.