Kendrapara, Odisha: When Sabitri Samal, a housewife from Singiri village in Odisha, went to a creek near her house to wash utensils, little did she know she would be fighting a crocodile while performing household chores.
A giant crocodile was waiting for a prey in the creek and the 37-year-old woman was a perfect hunt for it. But it couldn't have guessed that the woman was of an exemplary courage who could do anything to stay alive.
The only weapon she had- an aluminium cooking bowl and cooking stick.
Sabitri gave everything she had to keep off the crocodile from dragging her into water and killing her.
She is currently undergoing treatment at a government hospital, recalled from her hospital bed how she was attacked by a giant crocodile yesterday in a creek near her house.
"The creek where I was washing utensils was never intruded by crocodiles. None of us had sighted the reptile in the past. The attack was so sudden that I had little time to react. An aluminium cooking bowl and cooking stick that I had brought from home to wash saved me from death," Ms Samal said.
"It was a miraculous escape. The reptile jumped on me and dragged me to water. I was about to be completely dragged into the water when I hit the croc on its forehead and eye. The animal slowly released me. I acted in the spur of the moment as I had taken it for granted that the animal would devour me," she recalled.
The last crocodile attack took place outside the national park limits. The state forest department would bear the cost of treatment, Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) forest division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya said.
Besides, the department would also award compensation to the injured person's family as per revised rules, the official said.
Since past two months, man-crocodile conflict has reached alarming proportions in villages located at the periphery of the Bhitarkanika National Park. The crocs have claimed two lives while injuring at least seven others.
Forest personnel, however, opine that people are exposing themselves to attacks by venturing into crocodile-infested water bodies.