When a lone stray dog was unexpectedly surrounded by three fearsome crocodiles upon entering their river region, it must have felt like its life was hanging by a thread.
However, in a spectacular turn of events, two of the crocodiles made an unexpected choice. They gently guided the stray puppy to safety after it took refuge in the river to escape a dangerous pack of feral canines.
What exactly happened in the river?
Experts believe that rather than eating the stray dog, the marsh crocodiles guided it away from the riverside, where a group of barking dogs awaited, all in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.
The scientists saw that the crocodiles were actively using their snouts to establish physical contact with the dog, gently coaxing it to walk towards a secure channel onto the riverbank, allowing its eventual escape, according to a paper published in the Journal of Threatened Taxa.
Their observation was especially remarkable because the crocodiles were within striking reach and might easily have devoured the dog. Nonetheless, they avoided aggression and, quite surprisingly, chose to escort the dog to safety. This conduct strongly shows that the crocodiles were not hungry during this uncommon encounter.
How was the dog saved?
When a stray dog was unexpectedly surrounded by three crocodiles as it entered their river realm, it probably thought its chances of survival were slim.
In an amazing twist of fate, two of the crocodiles made an incredible choice.
They gently guided the tiny stray puppy to safety after it leapt into the river to escape a pack of feral canines.
The experts are still perplexed as to why the marsh crocodiles, which can weigh up to 1,000 pounds, did not see the stray dog as a viable meal.
They do, however, suggest that marsh crocodiles, often known as muggers, are not always violent and that this episode may have demonstrated emotional intelligence.
According to the experts, the concept of “emotional empathy,” which entails one species being able to feel feelings for another, has not been fully investigated in muggers.
They argue that the uncommon occurrence of a dog being “rescued” by a group of crocodiles may have more to do with empathy than altruism.
Finally, the scientists claim that “reptiles have been underestimated in terms of animal cognition.”
This unusual incidence calls into question commonly held views regarding reptile animals’ cognitive capacity.
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