Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Carcass of full-grown lion found outside Gir; foresters rule out foul play


Carcass of full-grown lion found outside Gir; foresters rule out foul play

Indian Express By Sibte Husain Bukhari


Junagadh, July 12 The carcass of a full-grown lion was found in the revenue area outside Gir on Friday.


Forest officials have ruled out any foul play as all the claws were found intact on the carcass.


The viscera has now been dispatched to the Veterinary College at Anand and the Forensic Science Laboratory at Junagadh for a detailed clinical examination.


Forest officials said the lion was aged about 12 years. It was found on the outskirts of the Gadhiya-Chavand village under the Dalkhania forest range in Gir east forest division.


Deputy Conservator of Forest (Gir east) S M Raja and Assistant Conservator of Forest J S Solanki and the team of three veterinary doctors and subordinate staff rushed to the spot and recovered the carcass.


A postmortem was later carried out by a panel of three doctors comprising government veterinary officers Dhari, Jashadhar and Bhader town, which revealed that the animal had died to hemorrhagic pneumonia. "The exact cause of death could be ascertained only after receiving the reports from Anand and the FSL Junagadh," Solanki said.


He said more than a dozen lions are apparently venturing in the revenue areas outside the Gir east forest division.


Vigil has been intensified in the area in a bid to get the exact location of the groups, Solanki added.

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