Friday, February 15, 2013

Lioness found dead in well.

Activists Demand Probe Into Its Death

RAJKOT: A two-and-half-year-old lioness was found dead from a 60-feet-deep well on the outskirts of Krakach village in Liliya taluka of Amreli district on Wednesday. Forest officials claim that it was an accidental death and the lioness may have fallen into the well while chasing a prey. However, the wildlife activists suspect that the animal was dumped in the well. The well is located in a farm between Krakach and Bavada villages.

"The height of the walls of the well is about six feet, which makes it unlikely for a lion to fall into it accidentally. The whole thing looks suspicious and needs to be probed thoroughly," wildlife activist from Savarkundla Himanshu Bhatt said. He added that he has written to the forest department officials seeking a probe into the incident.

The forest department officials have a different view. "The circumstantial evidence suggests that the lioness may have fallen into the well while on hunt. The incident probably occurred on Tuesday night. There was a slope on one side of the well from where it may have jumped and fallen into the well,'' Range forest officer at Liliya A K Turk said.

"We have found scratches on the walls of the well made by claws which suggest that the animal was alive after it fell inside and tried to come out in desperation. There were also no external injuries on the body," Turk added.

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