six-year-old girl at a remote village in Kendrapara district displayed exemplary courage to save her playful mate from claws of death following attack by a furious estuarine crocodile.
The survivor Basanti Dalai, a class I student of a government-run primary school in Bankuala village undergoing treatment at a government-run hospital recalled the harrowing experience and thanked schoolmate Tiki Dalai for surviving from crocodile attack.
The victim sustained multiple wounds on her hand and thigh and is stated to be out of danger.
Both the girls were taking bath in the village pond on Tuesday when a crocodile leaped from the water and attacked Basanti all on a sudden.
However, she survived as her schoolmate picking up a bamboo stick dealt a blow on the crocodile’s head. The reptile which had clung onto the victim was jolted by the sudden attack and left the girl to slip into the water. She deserves praise for the brave act, said a local resident Pradip Kumar Das.