Carcass of a lion cub was
found on the outskirts of a village in Gir-Somnath district in
Gujarat Wednesday, the state forest department said.
With this death, the death toll of lions in and
around Gir forest in the last two months rose to 27.
Primary investigation revealed that the male cub,
about 4 to 5 months old, died due to "respiration and cardiac
arrest due to severe anaemia and dehydration", the department
said in a statement.
The carcass was found near a village in Gir Gadhada
taluka of Gir Somnath district, around 350 km from here.
The village is half a kilometre away from the outer
periphery of Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.
Officials said the cub seemed to have suffered anaemia
due to heavy "tick infestation".
Earlier this week, carcasses of three lion cubs in the
age group of 4 to 5 months were found on the outskirts of a
village in Amreli district near the Gir sanctuary.
Forest officials had claimed that these cubs were
killed by male lions during fights between prides to establish
However, in the case of other deaths, the government
admitted that along with infighting, Canine Distemper Virus
and Protozoa infection were also responsible for some deaths.
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