Monday, June 23, 2008

Lioness dies of old age, python after falling into open well, in Gir

Express News Service
Posted online: Saturday , June 21, 2008 at 12:28:23

Junagadh, June 20 A lioness aged about 15 years died in the Gir east forest division after prolonged illness. The big cat was spotted in a physically weak condition on May 31, after which it was shifted to an animal care centre at Jashadhar.
Since then the animal was kept under constant medical observation. But it was not able to recuperate and died soon after.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, one python died after a pair reportedly fell into a parapet-less well located in an agricultural field owned by one Kanti Gondalia – a farmer. The incident occurred on the outskirts of Triambakpur village under Dalkhania range in the Gir east forest division. Foresters rushed to the spot to fish out the serpents. Deputy Conservator of Forest (Gir east) M S Raja said: “The python died as a result of injury and hunger, while another python was rescued safely. It is healthy and has been released in the Gir sanctuary.”

In a separate incident of man-animal conflict, a lion attacked one Rambhai Khatana – when he was busy grazing his cattle in the field. The incident occurred on Wednesday in the revenue area of Nalia-Mandavi of Nawabander in the Jashadhar forest range out side Gir. Rambhai was treated for minor injuries and is said to be out of danger, said forest officials.


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