Friday, January 19, 2007

Lion Carcass found in Gir

Source: Times of India Dtd. 19-01-2007


A carcass of a lion was found floating in the water of Kamleshwar dam inside Gir Sanctuary on Thursday morning. Deputy conservator of forest (DCF) of Gir, B. L. Shukla, was on a round, along with forest personnel and other staff, at Sasan’s Kamleshwar dam when the carcass was found.


According to conservator of forest Bharat Pathak, the carcass was taken to the veterinary hospital at Sasan where a post mortem was done. The reason behind the death of the lion is not known yet, according to Phatak. He said that viscera of the animal was sent to FSL and the forest department was waiting for the report. Pathak confirmed that all the nails of the big cat were found intact which indicates that lion was not killed by poachers. Forest officials are exploring possibilities of a snake bite. Later, after removing eighteen nails of the lion, the carcass was buried in the presence of the deputy conservator of forest.

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