Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Villagers rescue injured lion

Villagers rescue injured lion
Times of India

The residents of Amreli are filling the gap made by forest officials. In absence of the forest beat guard, the villagers are taking care of the lions.

In Kanrej area, the villagers spotted an injured lion and they informed the forest department, who are now running from pillar to post to rescue it.

Officials in the forest department said that villagers spotted a male lion moving in their village. The lion had a deep cut on its head.

A team of veterinary officers are now camping in the area for the treatment of the animal.

"We were informed by the local villagers to immediately send a team of doctors. We have asked the social forest officials and staff to track the animal and keep an eye on it. If required, the animal might be brought to the centre for treatment," said Anshuman Sharma, Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF), Gir (East).

Sharma further said that based on the report, the wound does not appear to be too dangerous, though it runs deep.

Officials said the fact that even a small wound did not go unnoticed by the villagers, was encouraging.

It was taken as a healthy sign of conservation, especially in the areas where the social forest department officials were taking care.

The officials added that these villagers go out of their way to take care of the lions because the lions' presence keeps other wild animals away from their fields.

These wild animals if allowed, can damage crops.

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