Brave Farmer Fought Against Lion to Protect His Cows Near Gir National Park

Gir National Park, Gujarat-News Update– For any farmer, growing crops and animals are the real asset for him. He treat cow like a member of his family and this is the reason why he can go to any extent to protect and care them. These days CCTV footage is making rounds over the social media in which a farmer from Gujarat could be seen fighting with lion to protect his cowsMan Fight With Lion.

The video footage that appeared on YouTube shows the date of the incident as 18 June i.e. Tuesday. It is being said that the name of the farmer living by making a house near Gir National Park is Devsingh Wadher. In the video footage of 30 seconds, it appears that farmer was in his house, only then he heard the voices of cows. The moment he comes out, he finds that his cows have been attacked by a lion.

The farmer saw that cow’s calf have been caught by the lion. Wadher quickly raises a thick stance and kicks the head of the lion with a loud thrust. Fortunately, the thick stick felt on the head of the lion, and his stoop left the calf. Wadher explains that the lion left the calf because of injury and jumped off boundary wall.  Wadher said that the calf is only five months old and he is very close to my heart. The lion had already grabbed his neck. It could be seen clearly in the video that the many cow run inside after the lion fled. Wadher said further that such incidents happen at least two times in a week when wild animals attack cows.

The interesting thing is that this incident took place early in the morning. Wadher did not have full clothes on his body. The good thing about this incident is that no causality is reported.

A canine virus may be killing the last of India’s Asiatic lions

Group of Miscreants Abused and Harassed Lions While Eating Prey in Gir National Park

A deadly epidemic may be wiping out the world’s last few Asiatic lions.

In the past one month alone, at least 23 of the big cats have died in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park in the western Indian state of Gujarat. These deaths include those of three cubs and three adult females.

Initially, forest officials suspected some of these deaths to have occurred in a territorial battle. “This is a natural course of action among lions,” Gir forest official GK Sinha had said. Three adult male lions from another area entered the forest in September and killed the cubs in an incident of infighting, Sinha had said.

However, tests conducted at the Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Institute of Virology, Pune, have officially confirmed the presence of the deadly canine distemper virus (CDV) in at least four of the tissue samples extracted from the carcasses.

“CDV is extremely infective (sic). In Serengeti (national park in Tanzania) it killed a 1,000 lions in three weeks. Such epidemics are like natural catastrophes that come without any forewarning. Translocation is good for lion conservation and one has to only follow the supreme court’s order to implement it,” Ravi Chellam, a conservation scientist, told the Mint newspaper.
Environmentalists believe scavenging for food and sharing space with feral dogs has lead to the spread of CDV.

While the lion population has jumped from 411 in 2010 to 523 in 2015, and then to 600 lions by now, Gir’s 1,621 square kilometre area has remained constant. That leaves a decreasing amount of area per lion.

In the meantime, listed as a “critically endangered” species in 2000, the Asiatic lion’s status was upgraded to just “endangered” in 2008 after its numbers increased.

Emails to the ministry of environment, forest, and climate change and to the forest department of Gujarat remained unanswered.

Warning ignored
Foreseeing such mass deaths, the supreme court of India had, more than five years ago, ordered the shifting of some lions from Gujarat to Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh to keep them safe from such epidemics.

Resource Link: https://qz.com/india/1414444/why-are-indias-asiatic-lions-dying-in-gir-gujarat/