Friday, April 18, 2008

Injured lion found near Dhari, treated


Injured lion found near Dhari, treated

Times Of India Ahmedabad Edition

Dhari: An injured lion, sighted in the Hadada region, was captured and given immediate medical attention by forest rangers on Tuesday evening. The 11-year-old male feline had developed maggots in an injury and was treated by vets of Jasdhar animal health centre on the spot and later shifted to the centre for observation.

Forest department officials were alerted by some locals who had spotted the lion lying in the bushes of Hadada Beach of Hadada, at Shitaliya wala Nehar in Gir (East) wildlife sanctuary. Officials set up a cage with bait to capture the lion, but it slept, not moving for more than 24 hours. On closer inspection, officials realized the lion’s condition due to the development of maggots in an injury under its eyes. This prompted district forest officer, Jayant Solanki to call vets from Jasdan Animal Care Centre, who tranquilized it.

Later on T u e s d ay night, the lion was shifted to the Jasdan animal care centre. “The cat is in a healthy condition. The lion was probably bitten during mating,” said Solanki. Source: Sandesh

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