Friday, April 25, 2008

Lioness gives birth to 2 cubs


Lioness gives birth to 2 cubs

Times of India Ahmedabad Edition

Maliyahatina(Gir): Fast gaining the tag of a maternity ward for Asiatic lionesses, the Maliyahati village in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary witnessed the birth of two more male cubs, this time in a sugarcane field on the outskirts of the village. According to a forest official, this remote village has been serving as a maternity home in Gir, as a number of lionesses have been visiting and delivering their cubs here for the past four years.

In the latest case, the two 12 days-old male cubs were spotted gamboling about in the Bhikha solanki’s sugarcane field. Alerted by his farm labourers, Solanki called the forest department officials, who reached the farm armed with cage and bait. “Our prime concern was to catch the lioness in order to avoid any untoward incident of man-animal conflict and the safety of the lioness and her cubs,” said a forest official. SOURCE : SANDESH

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