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HaKuna Matata: missing Gir lions sighted in good health


The Hindu Business Line, New Delhi,18th July, 2015


Conservationists breatehed a sigh or relief after nearly perished in last month heavy rains were spotted in Gir forest area of Gujarat's Amreli district, roaming and feasting on their prey.


Torrential rains and floods on June 22 had claimed 10 lions, and about 30 other were believed to have been swept away but they were sighted on the hills recently, a senior forest official said.


"These lions were missing after the terrential rains on June 22 that killed at least 10 of them. They were recently  sighted on the hills of Bhavadi and Hogoliya and surrounding area of  Shetrunji river in Gir forest under Amreli district. this morning," said Deputy Conservator of Forest Mr. Gurjar on Friday.


Seeking shelter


About 40 lions were living near the banks of Shetrunji river in Liliya-Krakach area." Since the water level in Shetrunji river had increased on June 22, the lions might have migrated to nearby villages, Gurjar said.


Ten lions were swept away after the flood. Their carcasses were later recovered, he said.


The staff of the state forest department, animal rights activists and villagers had launched a  search of missing lions and found them roaming safely in their  territory, killing their prey in the surrounding areas,' Gurjar said.


"The Gir National Park has lots of elevations and hills where the lions retreat when there is flood.


Now, as a precautionary measure, we will be taking the help of local people to drive away  lions to hilly areas in case of warning of heavy rains, he said.



Devastatign deluge


The devastating  flood had also swept away a large number of domestic  cattle and herbivores  such as  blue bulls, chittal, blackbucks and other prey base of lions.