Thursday, October 30, 2014
Open wells claim 2 lion cubs in Mahuva.
RAJKOT: In yet another instance of lions falling prey to unnatural causes, two cubs died after falling into open wells at separate locations on Tuesday.
Sources said that a five-month-old female cub fell into a well in Mota Pipaliya village of Mahuva taluka in Bhavnagar district. Forest department officials rushed to the spot but could not save the animal. Sources said that this was the first instance of a lion cub dying after a fall into a well in Mahuva area. Lions have settled in Mahuva's Ranigala area for the last 14 years.
In second instance, a three-month-old male died after falling into a well in Zujarpur village of Veraval taluka in Gir-Somnath district. Sources said that open wells in Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar are now turning into death traps for lions that are spread over 1,100 villages in these districts.Lion census carried out in 2010 put the strength of Asiatic lions in Gir forests and its adjoining areas at 411. However, in the last five years, around 260 lions have died, many of them meeting an unnatural end. Sources said 11 lions have died unnatural deaths since January 2014 in Saurashtra region.