Friday, January 30, 2015

Open well claims lioness's life.

RAJKOT: In yet another incident of unnatural death of lions, a four-year-old lioness died after falling into an open well in Govindpar village in Amreli's Dhari taluka on Saturday morning.

The farm owner, Dulabhai Ranpariya, spotted a lioness and a wild boar floating in the 11-meter deep well. He informed the forest department that rushed a rescue team in the farm and fished out the lioness' body. The boar was alive when brought out.

Forest officials suspects that lioness might have been chasing the boar and fell into the well.
Sources said that at least 13 lions have died unnatural deaths since January 2014. The causes vary from electrocution, road accident, rail accidents and falling into open wells.

According to lion census 2010, there were 411 Asiatic lions in Gir forests and its nearby areas. However, in last five years, over 264 lions have died, many of them met with unnatural deaths.

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