Video: Obese 100-year-old crocodile is pulled from sacred pool after dying from overeating

The 'obese' crocodile is one of four crocodiles to die at the pool from overeating in recent times

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A video has emerged of a 100-year-old crocodile - that died from overeating - being pulled out of a sacred pool in Bangladesh.

The "obese" centenarian was found floating upside down in the pool of the Hazrat Khan Jahan Ali Shrine in Sadar Upazila south-western Bangladesh last week. It had gorged itself on goats and chickens thrown to it by worshippers; they believed the offerings would give them good luck.

In the video, workers at the shrine can be seen pulling the massive crocodile to the pool’s edge as dozens of local residents look on.

After examining the body, workers at the shrine confirmed that the death had been brought on by overeating due to an increase in the amount of food being offered to the crocodile from local residents.

"We were aware of the problem but were not sure what to do about it. The legend is that anybody who feeds the hunger of the crocodiles will have their heart's desire fulfilled," said shrine manager Mohammed Sarwar.

"Usually it was just a chicken but more recently people have been offering even more, including goats, believing that big sacrifices meant more chance of a wish being granted."

This is the fourth crocodile in years times to have died at Hazrat Khan Jahan Ali Shrine.

According to local residents, four years ago there were as many as four crocodiles in the pool but the three other animals had also died due to overeating.