Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lions doing "Human - Shows" in Gir Forest


Lions doing “Human – Shows” in Gir Forest

Divya Bhaskar (Briefly translated from Gujarati)

Three decades back ‘Lion shows’ were arranged by forest dept. for Tourists. But now, in Gir East, it seems a pride of Asiatic lions is doing “Human-Shows” in Khilavad village of Una taluka.

The pride visited the village three days back, killed two stray cows, eat at ease and went back. Again yesterday, same group came, killed five stray cows, eat at ease and went back.

Now the question is how does the group get so much of animals for kill? It is heard that, on the onset of summer season, many Maldharis from outside come to Gir peripheral villages. Many farmers have animals which doesn’t give milk. They sale their such useless animals to maldhari’s and tip them with Rs. 200 and 20 kg grains. This way they manage to get rid of unwanted animals.

This unwanted animals become easy pray for lions. Such activity is happening in Gir area since many years and has resulted in lions frequently visiting peripheral villages.

Kishore Kotecha’s Comment: Are such stray animals are used as baits for private lion shows?

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