Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Lion attacks youth near Khambha.
RAJKOT: A 19-year-old was attacked by an Asiatic lion near Ribdipat Nesh in Khambha taluka of Amreli district on Tuesday at around 11 am.
Injured was identified as Rambhai Bhuva, a resident of Ribdipat Nesh, 17 km away from Khambha.
According to officials, Rambhai, a shepherd, was grazing his buffaloes in the nearby the area, close to lions habitat. Sources said that the lion first attacked one of the buffaloes and when Rambhai tried to fend him off, it turned to him and attacked. However, the wild cat fled into the nearby forest quickly.
He was soon taken to government hospital in Khambha. "The injured person is undergoing treatment at the hospital and his condition is better now," range forest officer, Khambha range, C P Ranpariya said.
Locals say that human-wildlife conflicts have increased in and around Khambha area. According to Yusuf Juneja, a local wildlife activist from Khambha said that since last eight months, at least three persons have been attacked by leopards in close vicinity of Khambha.
"Wild animals are a common sight around Khambha as it is located close to the Gir forest. Presence of wild animals in the human habitat is also one of the reasons why the incidents of animal-human conflicts are on rise. However, incidences of lion attacks on human are rare compared to leopards in this year. There must be some conflict and disturbance to the lion behind the attack," Juneja said.