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More lions die in Gir forests, officials rush to ascertain reasons

This comes only a week after a lioness and a cub died

It is a matter of concern that carcasses of 10 more lions have been found in the forests of Gir in Gujarat.

This comes only a week after a lioness and a cub died.

Wildlife activists point out that 21 lions so far have died in Gir in the last over a fortnight’s time.

Even the forest officials are now hugely concerned with the sudden massive number of lion deaths.

So far the forest department has been able to ascertain that infections in liver and kidney were blamed as main causes for the recent death of lions.

Sixty four teams were formed last week to screen and move sick lions to rescue centres.

A central government team of wildlife experts too had visited Gir to find out the reasons for the sudden death of lions.

Around 100 lions die annually, with the death rate peaking during monsoon. On an average, 31 to 32 lions in Gir die during the three months of monsoon every year, the Forest Department said.

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