Saturday, April 30, 2011
Lionesses deaths in Gir: forest dept arrests one.
PTI | 10:04 PM,Apr 16,2011 Ahmedabad, Apr 16 (PTI) Gujarat forest department has arrested one person in connection with the death of two lionesses on March 27 in the Gir (east) forest region, in Khamba taluka of Amreli district. "We have arrested a man called Kalu Vagha Rathod, on the basis of circumstantial evidence that he was involved in the death of two lionesses on March 27," Range Forest Officer Manishwar Raja told PTI. Forest department sources said there were no external injury marks on the dead bodies and it seemed to be a case of food- or water-poisoning. Both the lionesses were around nine years old and belonged to the same pride. The bodies were found near a pond on outskirts of Kantara village. As per the 2010 census, Gir has around 410 lions.