Workers in India are moving over 300 crocodiles from their home because they are too near new tourist sight. Officials in India's state of Gujarat want to move crocs because they could be danger to tourists visiting new Statue of Unity. statue opened to public last October. It is 182m high and is tallest statue in the world. It is next to reservoir, which is also home to many crocodiles. Tourism officials want the giant reptiles moved so seaplanes for tourists can land on the reservoir. If the crocodiles stayed, they could be dangerous and attack tourists. Officials are using cages to catch animals. Some of them are over 3m long. They are going to new home in another part of Gujarat.
Animal lovers are angry that people are moving crocodiles. Dr Jitendra Gavali said: "The government is disturbing their habitat and putting their lives at risk. The government hasn't thought out where it will release captured crocodiles safely." So far, only 17 of animals have been caught and moved. editor of environmental magazine 'Sanctuary Asia', Bittu Sahgal, said idea to move crocodiles was crazy. He tweeted: "Have we collectively lost our minds? As any environmentalist will tell you, this is sheer insanity." Indian journalist and activist Pritish Nandy said moving crocodiles could break India's wildlife protection laws. official said crocodiles had to go for "security reasons"