Bikers Chasing Lion, Lioness In Gujarat's Gir On Video, Probe Ordered

 
Bikers Chasing Lion, Lioness In Gujarat's Gir On Video, Probe Ordered

 

AHMEDABAD:  Two lions - running away from four men on bikes - in the vast, dry forests of the famous Gir sanctuary in Gujarat. The men can be heard passing comments in Gujarati as they criss-cross their way along the muddy road. The lioness and the lion, a few metres ahead of the bikers, desperately run as far as possible into the forest. 

A 34-second video shows at least four bikers chasing the two lions. The chase, shot by one of the pillion riders, purportedly took place in Amreli district in the Saurashtra region, 250 kms from Ahmedabad.

The Gujarat forest department has launched an investigation after the video was widely shared on social media, including the Facebook page of an animal welfare organisation in the region. The wildlife department is trying to trace the bikers and also the source of the video. 


The registration number of one of the bikes is visible in the hazy clip and is believed to be from Rajkot.

A similar video in June this year showed a lion cub being chased by a car. That video too was apparently shot in Amreli.

Gir has around 400 Asiatic lions. But relentless development - roads through the forest in the 1,400- wildlife sanctuary, expanding villages and illegal mining - is forcing animal-human proximity.

Source: (ndtv.com)