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Indian man killed by lion!

January 22, 2019

NEW DELHI: An Indian man was mauled to death by a lion after he scaled the wall of a zoo in northern Punjab state, officials said on Monday.
The man climbed the 20-foot wall of Chhatbir Zoo, home to four lions, on Sunday and entered the restricted area where he was attacked. Hearing his screams, the staff rushed to try and rescue the man.
"He was an intruder in the zoo. We took him to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries," said Roshan Sunkaria from the state forest department.
The animal that attacked the man was an Asiatic lion -- a critically endangered species and a major tourist draw. Only around 500 exist in the wild, all in the Gir sanctuary in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
The authorities have not yet been able to contact the victim´s family. The zoo has stepped up warnings inside the premises and advised visitors to travel with an escort and keep vehicles locked.

Punjab man killed by Asiatic lion after scaling 20-foot zoo wall

The man climbed the 20-foot wall of Chhatbir Zoo, home to four lions, on Sunday and entered the restricted area where he was attacked.
Published: 21st January 2019 12:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2019 12:24 PM
Image of lions used for representational purpose only. (Shimoga Nandan | EPS)
NEW DELHI: A man was mauled to death by a lion after he scaled the wall of a zoo in Punjab state, officials said Monday.
A lion and lioness resting in shade in Shivamogga's Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari. (Shimoga Nandan | EPS)The man climbed the 20-foot (six-metre) wall of Chhatbir Zoo, home to four lions, on Sunday and entered the restricted area where he was attacked.
Hearing his screams, the staff rushed to try and rescue the man.
"He was an intruder in the zoo. We took him to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries," said Roshan Sunkaria from the state forest department.
The animal that attacked the man was an Asiatic lion -- a critically endangered species and a major tourist draw.

Man mauled to death inside zoo in India's northern state

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-21 16:07:20|Editor: xuxin
NEW DELHI, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- A man was mauled to death by lions inside a zoo in northern Indian state of Punjab, officials said Monday.
The incident took place inside Chhatbir Zoo, about 20 km west of Chandigarh, the capital city of Punjab.
"Yesterday in the afternoon, a man scaled the boundary wall which is around 30 feet high and jumped inside safari, an area meant for lions," M Sudhagarb, Chhatbir zoo's field director said. "Right inside there, he was mauled by the lions."
The zoo officials said his screams alerted the staff, who rushed to rescue the man.
"Though rescue teams immediately went inside and rushed him to the hospital, however he succumbed there," the official said.
The identity of the deceased person was not known.
Zoo officials said the man was attacked by an Asiatic lion, an endangered species.
As per the 2015 census, there were 520 lions in Gir forest in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
Following the incident the zoo was closed for visitors.
Authorities have kept the dead at civil hospital in Dera Bassi, Chandigarh, and were waiting for someone to claim it.
"Police have also advertised the body type, height and picture of the deceased man to help them get in touch with his family," a police official said.

Gujarat: PIL seeks lion conservation policy

dna Correspondent Updated: Jan 17, 2019, 06:45 AM IST
The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the state and union governments after public interest litigation (PIL) demanding the formation of a national level conservation authority for lions, like the one formed for tigers, came up for hearing.

LionThe PIL filed by Protection of Environment and Public Service Committee through its president Bhagwan Solanki was taken up by the division bench of Acting Chief Justice AS Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav, which immediately issued a notice to the Centre and state directing them to file their reply in the matter by February 12.
Solanki has also sought the court's direction to the state and Centre to formulate a comprehensive long-term conservation policy for Asiatic Lions citing that the number of lions is less than the number of tigers in the country.
The petitioner has also appealed that the authorities should also frame a uniform policy and guidelines for tourism in the Gir forest area in accordance with the guidelines of the ministry of environment and forest. Sonanki has also sought a prohibition on the authorities from declaring any tourism zone within the core area of the Gir Sanctuary at Junagadh.
The petitioner has pointed out before the court that apart from Asiatic Lions, Gir is home to 38 mammalian species, more than 300 species of birds, and 37 species of herpetofauna, which necessitates the requirement for more sensitivity and protection to be accorded to the wildlife sanctuary.

Gujarat high court notice over tourism zone

| Updated: Jan 17, 2019, 07:22 IST
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government and the Centre over a PIL opposing a proposed tourism zone in the Girnar wildlife sanctuary in the interest of wildlife in the area, especially the Asiatic lions.

An NGO – Protection of Environment and Public Service Committee filed the PIL and sought the HC directions to the government authorities not to go ahead with the plan to create tourism zone in the sanctuary, for the proposed zone falls in the core zone of the sanctuary. This is against the provisions of existing wildlife protection laws and the guidelines issued by the government itself.

The PIL has urged the HC to direct the governments to create a national level conservation authority for lions and to frame appropriate policy for long-term conservation of the Asiatic lions. It wants a uniform policy for tourism in the Asiatic lion landscape in accordance with the 2011 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forest. It wants prohibition on declaration of any tourism zone within Girnar sanctuary.

The PIL has demanded that a national policy should be declared for lion conservation as has been successfully undertaken for tigers.

The petitioner claimed that the 178-sq-km Girnar sanctuary harbours 38 mammalian species, more than 300 species of birds and 37 species of herpetofauna. It is rich in biodiversity and any effort to create tourism zone will disturb wildlife.

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Lion attacks pangolin in extremely rare video

With four-inch canines and a jaw capable of generating 4,450 newtons of force, lion bites are something most animals want to avoid.
But pangolins are not most animals. Though these creatures weigh no more than 10 pounds, they are covered from head to tail in a natural armor—a network of overlapping scales made of a tough protein called keratin.
When a large predator comes calling, a pangolin need not run or try to fight back. All it has to do is curl up into a tiny, impenetrable ball.
And this is exactly what a guide with Safari Live witnessed earlier this month during a nighttime drive through Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. (See our favorite lion videos.)
“When curled, there really is nowhere that the lions can get purchase with their teeth,” says Tristan Dicks, who discovered the duo with a spotlight. “That, coupled with the rain that night, made the surface far too slippery for the lions to actually do any damage.”
While this particular lion gave up after rolling the Temminck's ground pangolin around for a while with its paws, Dicks says the predators have been known to get the better of their prey on occasion. Pangolin pups, whose scales have not yet hardened, are especially vulnerable.

A rare encounter
Dicks has been a professional guide for a decade and says he’s only seen pangolins in the wild eight times. And an interaction between a lion and a pangolin? No one sees that. 

“That coupled with a pride of lions in the Mara is a once in a lifetime sighting,” he says.
Pangolins are especially hard to see in part because their populations are naturally low, notes Dan Challender, chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Pangolin Specialist Group.
Due to this rarity, Challender says it’s unknown how frequently lions and pangolins interact. However there is evidence that Asiatic lions will sometimes try to prey upon Indian pangolins in Gir National Park, India. (Read how Indian pangolins are dwindling due to poaching.)

Three contractual workers run over by train on rail track in Maharashtra

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 14 January 2019, 11:34 AM
In a horrific incident, three contractual labours working on the railway tracks were killed after being run over by the Mumbai-bound Tejas Express in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Sunday, a police official said on Monday. The incident took place around 9.30 pm when the victims were working on tracks near the Jite railway station in the Pen area of Raigad, located around 66 km from Mumbai, he said. While the workers were crossing the track, they apparently did not see the approaching train and were hit by it, he said, adding that all the three men sustained head injuries and died on the spot. “The workers are from Madhya Pradesh and were staying nearby. Two of them fell on side of the track after being hit by the train while the third fell on the other side,” an official said.
The deceased were identified as 30-year-old Ashok Bari, 40-year-old Nimsingh Gulkar and 18-year-old Ajay Dandodiya, all belonging to Madhya Pradesh, the railway official said. The bodies were sent to a state-run hospital for a post-mortem examination, and an accidental death report was registered at the Dadar Sagari police station in Raigad, the official said. A Panvel railway station official said as quoted by TOI, “The CR general manager’s visit is scheduled in the next two weeks. Hence the works are being done at Panvel and other railway stations. However, it is surprising how workers were working at night on the tracks."
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Tejas Express is a fully air-conditioned train which runs between Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Karmali station in Goa.
In a similar incident in December last year, three lions died after they were hit by a goods train near the Gir forest in Gujarat’s Amreli district, around 250 km from Ahmedabad, an official had said. The incident had occurred near the Borala village in Savarkundla taluka when a pride of six lions was walking along the railway track passing from the village, which is located near the Gir Forest.
“A goods train, headed to Pipavav port from Botad, hit three of six lions of the pride during midnight, which led to the death of two lions and a lioness”, Chief Conservator of Forests, Junagadh wildlife circle, DT Vasavada had told PTI.

WATCH: Four Gigantic Lions Halt Traffic At Kruger National Park

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:
A video going viral on social media featured an eccentric traffic jam in Kruger Park, South Africa. Cars slowed down in the soft drizzle, making way for four gigantic African lions to walk right in the middle of the road. 
First shared on Facebook, the video is now making rounds of social media with people expressing their surprise at this grand sight.
The male big cats weighing upto 225kg walked invulnerable to fear, in all their glory and with no ounce of botheration by humans or their cars. Cars could be seen pacing down their speed or stopping completely for the pride to pass.
Kruger National Park in South Africa has a lion census of approximately 1600.
This is not the first time that people around Kruger National Park have witnessed an extraordinary site. But the wildlife here has never failed to amuse. A video surfaced last year on Twitter where pride of lion hunted an African buffalo, tore the prey apart on the road, fed on it and then one of the lions came to rest against the cars waiting to watch the episode.