Proud Crocodile Father Gives A Piggyback Ride to Over 100 of His Children

Credits: Dhritiman Mukherjee

Meet Dhritiman Mukherjee, an Indian wildlife and conservation photographer who has dedicated himself to the protection of wild animals.

He has witnessed many amazing moments over the past 20 years, during which he spent 280 of his year in the field.

This incredible picture of an endangered Crocodile carrying his baby through the water is our favorite.

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Credits: Dhritiman Mukherjee

Crocodiles are male gharial, or crocodiles. They are the largest living crocodiles. Their population has been steadily declining since the 1930s, despite being first described over 4,000 years ago.

This makes the photo even better, the father is doing his part to increase the population by just 1,000.

Mukherjee shares, “This male had mated seven to eight females and you can see it was very involved.”

Crocodiles are not known for carrying their young. However, they will often use their mouths to move their young. Because of the unusually shaped noses of the gharials, this is not possible. They resort to other methods, as you can see.

Here is a selection of more Mukherjee images:

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Credits: Dhritiman Mukherjee
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Credits: Dhritiman Mukherjee
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Credits: Dhritiman Mukherjee

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