Save the lions! 21 lions found dead in 18 days in Gir
New Delhi : 10 more lions have been found dead in Gir forest in Gujarat, taking the total death toll to 21 in last 18 days. The sudden death of lions in the forests has raised concern of the authorities.
The forest department has claimed that infections in liver and kidney are the main reasons behind the deaths of lions.
In an immediate measure, Gir authorities have shifted 31 lions to an animal care centre and have kept them in 24 hour observation.
"No lions were found dead in any other area, 31 lions from Samardi area have been rescued and kept in isolation. Their check-up is being done. We are taking all preventive measures," said Dushyant Vasavda, Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) in Junagarh. The senior officer said.
Talking about the death rate, the authorities say that nearly 100 lions die every year. On an average, 31 to 32 lions in Gir die during the three months of monsoon every year.
Gir is home to 523 lions, including 109 male, 201 female, 73 sub-adults and 140 cubs, according to data available from 2015.