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PTI Ahmedabad
Updated: 31-10-2018 21:29 IST

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

territorial dominance.

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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