Ahmedabad: A sub-adult lion was found dead on Monday in a private farmland in a village under the Gir forest division in Junagadh district of Gujarat, an official said. The carcass is three to fours days old and was found near Hasnapur village in Visavadar range of the Gir (west) forest division, he said.
"A sub-adult lion aged between 2 and 3 years was found dead in a private farmland. The body was three to four days old and putrefaction had started," said a Gujarat forest department official. He said nearby areas were scanned, and no signs of unnatural death was reported.
The carcass was sent for postmortem examination, which will ascertain the exact cause of the lion's death, the official said.
The death comes at a time when 23 lions have died in the Gir sanctuary, a majority of them due to viral and bacterial infections, since 12 September, putting the state government in a spot of bother. These deaths were reported from the Dalkhaniya range of the Gir (east) division in Amreli district.
Following the deaths, 33 lions were shifted to a rescue centre in the sanctuary and are being treated for possible infections, forest officials have said.
According to a 2015 census, Gir is home to 523 Asiatic lions. Gir is the only area in Asia, where the endangered animal species is found in its natural habitat.
The Gir sanctuary, spread over an area of 1,153.42 square kilometres, is located across the Junagadh and Amreli districts of Gujarat's Saurashtra region.
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Updated Date: Oct 15, 2018 19:43:12 IST