Experts from around the globe will now be consulted for the treatment of the ailing Asiatic lions in the Etawah Lion Safari, which is the dream project of UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The lions, named Vishnu and Laxmi, were brought in from other states for the Lion safari project but have been seriously ill since the past one month. The lions have been partially paralysed, are unable to walk and have now almost stopped eating.
The veterinary doctors attending on the lions and the reports of the test samples from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly found that the lions had been infected by rat urine.
In an official statement issued by the state information department, a forest official said that experts from the Veterinary College Mathura, the Junagarh zoo and from Gujarat and Bear rescue Centre in Agra are being consulted on the line of treatment being given to the ailing big cats.
The opinion of experts from the Zoo Society London and Born Free Foundation in the United Kingdom was also being sought.
“A round the clock vigil is being maintained by veterinary doctors in the Lion safari in Etawah on the condition of the lions and the chief minister is also being regularly informed of the developments,” said the official.
Vishnu and Laxmi were brought from Gujarat and kept in the Kanpur zoo from where they were shifted to the Lion safari in September.