Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Lion dies of old age, leopard's death still mystery

Lion dies of old age, leopard's death still mystery
Times of India

A lion died of old age at Jasadhar veterinary hospital recently after he was shifted there by the forest department. He was found from Gigasan village in Dalkhaniya range of Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in November last year.

According to foresters, the lion was 15-year-old and succumbed to various old age ailments on Friday. "The lion was found lying ill and was shifted to the health centre on November 27. He died during treatment. The postmortem revealed that he had died of old age disease," said deputy conservator of forest of Dhari range.

Meanwhile, the forest department could not ascertain the cause of death of 12-year-old male leopard whose body was found from Rebdinera hill near Bhaniya Beat in Tulsishyam range of Gir forest on Thursday.

"Postmortem of the leopard was conducted in the forest itself. However, cause of death could not be established except for the fact that the death had occurred 15 days ago," said forest officer of Tulsishyam range.

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