The death comes at a time when 23 lions have died in the Gir forest in Gujarat, a majority of them due to viral and bacterial infections, since 12 September, putting the state government in a spot of bother.
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Gujarat government has not been frank, upfront or transparent about the causes of lion deaths in the past, and even more so since the current epidemic struck
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The deaths of as many as 23 lions at the Gir forest — believed to have been caused by a deadly combination of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) and a protozoal infection — since 12 September is a crisis looming over the endangered animals.
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The department meant to look after the Gir Forest has maintained that the death of lions was caused by infighting among the big cats.