Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lion run over by goods train near Amreli

Lion run over by goods train near Amreli
Economic Times

In yet another incident, Asiatic lion was run over by a container train near Bhambhar village in Savarkundla taluka of Amreli district on Saturday morning.

According to government officials, the incident occurred at around 6 am when two and a half year old male lion was crossing the railway track and container train was passing from this track and run over the wild cat.

The train was going from Pipavav Port to Dhola junction in the district. This was the second incident in which lions were run over train in Amreli district.

Earlier, two lionesses, one of the pregnant with three cubs were run over by train on 22 January near Pipavav Port.

Sources said that as many as 50 lions have permanently settled in these coastal areas around Rajula and Jafrabad towns of Amreli district.

Sources said lions are frequently seen on revenue land and crosses railway tracks inAmreli district.

A couple of lions were mowed down by a train in the Sasan forest area about 15 years back, following which trains on that line were cautioned to move at a slow pace. This has helped check such accidents there.

Gir and surrounding areas are home to the last surviving population of wild Asiatic lions. As per the last census, the number of lions there was 411.

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