5-speed listening (Statue of Unity - Level 2)

Crocodiles moved from world's tallest statue






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Workers in India are moving 300 crocodiles because they are too near a new tourist sight. Officials in India's state of Gujarat say the crocs could be a danger to tourists visiting the Statue of Unity. The statue opened last October. It is 182m high and is the tallest statue in the world. It is next to a reservoir. Tourism officials want the giant reptiles moved so tourist seaplanes can land on the reservoir. If the crocodiles stayed, they could attack tourists. Officials are using cages to catch the animals. Some of the crocs are over 3m long. They are going to a new home in another part of Gujarat.

Animal lovers are angry the crocodiles are moving. One said: "The government is disturbing their habitat and putting their lives at risk. [It] hasn't thought out where it will release the captured crocodiles safely." The editor of an environmental magazine, Bittu Sahgal, said the idea to move the crocodiles was crazy. He asked if people had lost their minds. An Indian journalist and activist, Pritish Nandy, said moving the crocodiles could break India's wildlife protection laws. Another official said the crocodiles had to go for "security reasons".

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