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Lioness Strays Into Temple, Attacks Two in Vadodara.
Published: 26th June 2015 04:10 PM
Last Updated: 26th June 2015 04:10 PM
VADODARA: An Asiatic lioness, which strayed into a Shiva temple in
rain-ravaged Amreli district and attacked two women devotees, was
rescued and released into the jungle after a 15-hour-long operation by
The incident took place yesterday in Ingrola
village when the local women reached the temple to offer prayers and
spotted the lioness inside, M R Gurjar, Deputy Conservator of forest,
Amreli division told PTI. As soon as the two women entered the temple,
the lioness attacked them, leaving the duo injured following which they
were admitted to a nearby hospital, the official said.
said the lioness might have taken shelter inside the temple due to
inundation and rising water levels in the Shetrunji river nearby, owing
to heavy and incessant rains resulting in a flood-like situation there.
Many prides of lions are usually seen lazing on the banks of the river,
said Gurjar. According to him, the animal was rescued after a
15-hour-long operation by a team of forest officials in the wake of
torrential rains lashing the area making it difficult to mobilise men
and material for such an operation.
Roads leading to the temple
were completely submerged after the district received 22 inches of
rainfall, he said. However, around 1.30 AM today, forest officials
overpowered the lioness and tranquilised it, ending the operation,
The caged lioness was later released into the jungle.
In another incident, a lioness was found dead today after it allegedly
got stuck in muck at an agricultural field in Bhavadi village of Amreli.
The carcass was recovered from the muddy spot and sent to a veterinary
hospital at Dhari town early this morning for post-mortem, said Gurjar,
adding that the animal might have been caught in flash floods which cut
off this worst-hit district from rest of Gujarat for days.
Sharma, another Deputy Conservator of Forests, said, "There are at
least 50 lions who have made 25 villages on the banks of Shetrunji their
permanent homes. The river was in spate since Tuesday night and has
been flowing above the danger mark. It inundated all these villages
yesterday. After the water recedes, the forest teams will be in a
position to asses the damage in the sanctuary area of Gir forest, which
is home to 511 Asiatic lions."