Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Open well claims lion cub's life in Amreli village.
RAJKOT: In yet another incident of unnatural death, a lion cub died after falling into an open well in Sarasiya village near Dhari town of Amreli district on Saturday.
Forest officials said that the male lion cub was two-and-half-month old. The farm owner Nagji Parmar spotted a body floating in the well and informed the forest department. The forest officials fished out the body and sent it for post mortem.
"The cub fell into the well on Friday night. The well was about 76-feet deep and water depth was 25 feet," said a forest department official.
"There are many open farm wells near lions' habitat which pose danger to wild animals, especially lions. Lions have spread in nearly 1,100 villages of Bhavnagar, Amreli and Junagadh districts," said a senior forest official.
According to the 2010 lion census, there were 411 Asiatic lions in Gir forests and its nearby areas. However, in last five years, over 260 lions have died, most of them unnaturally.