Crocs which are pretending to be rocks or logs, observing them safely from a river bank knowing how amazing these complex creatures are, is anything but fascinating.
For the emphasis, they have outlived the dinosaurs and survived one of the largest natural mass extinctions along with sharks, they help keep our water systems clean & healthy and they are social creatures with maternal care that is anything but ‘cold blooded’. Here at Cauvery Wildlife sanctuary they still have an almost intact habitat along a small stretch of the river that is at the mercy of a dam for water-flow, while most of their habitats are already or are being wiped out by river obstructions, pollution, farming till the edge of the river etc
They also have to survive getting caught in fishing nets, getting clubbed to death, or getting 'imprisoned' in zoos just for being around humans or for vested interests like tourism(#sardarsarovardam
and #statueofunity ). If they are not busy escaping death sentence for doing something that is completely natural to them, they may be found being culled/harvested for their skin/meat.
Modern day crocodiles have almost continuously evolved and adapted to various climates and regions it is found in today since almost 55,000,000 BC (if we need some real reference of time, roughly 200 million years ago)
While humans have merely been around for a fraction of their life time, we have successfully done enough fear-mongering than awareness by labeling them 'cold blooded killers' and associations like 'crocodile tears'. While this is a small part of the story about the freshwater crocodiles, their salt water cousins have a different history altogether. Some recent developments in India can be read here: https://thewire.in/environment/crocodile-conservation-doesnt-need-a-straw-man
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