A 12-year-old lion accidentally fell into an open well filled with water in Khilavad village in Rajkot on Wednesday evening, reports Times On India on June 18, 2018.
Despite the rescue operation by the forest department, the lion couldn’t be rescued as it died drowning in the well that was about 30ft deep.
A forest department official said, “Preliminary probe suggests that the lion may have fallen into an open well while straying from it or chasing pray and drowned into well’s water.
“The dead body was Asiatic lion was brought to Jasadhar animal care center and the post-mortem was conducted.”
In the past few years, many Asiatic lions have died unnatural deaths in the Gir forests of Gujarat. Many Lions also die due to rail tracks and road accidents.
There are 532 lions in Gir forest of Gujarat, according to the latest population report of lions.
In 2013, the Supreme Court of India had ordered to shift some of Gujarat’s lions to the Kuno wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh.
But the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) filed an affidavit in the Court explaining the difficulties of shifting the lions to Madhya Pradesh.