Lions Got Stuck On Gujarat Highway
On Sunday evening motorists on the Pipavav-Rajula highway in Gujarat a group of about a dozen lion and their cubs are trying to cross the street.
First the lions were stuck on the side of the road because they got confused to cross the road being risk for lions and cubs.
After that traffic had halted for them even the trucks and buses on the other side, unable to see the lions on the poorly-lit stretch, roared down.
The lions waited patiently. Soon enough, the vehicles on the other side of the street caught on and halted for them as well.
A self-appointed lion from the group then led the others, gently, across the highway divider to the other side of the street. One rebellious cub, though, sauntered back to where it came from.
As per the local news reports the lions were being relocated after there was a fire in an area near the Gir Sanctuary, which is the only place in the world that is the house of Asiatic lions.
In 2015 there are 523 Asiatic lions in Gujarat of which over 168 lions have moved out into unprotected parts of the Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir-Somnath, Rajkot and Junagadh districts.
Their actual numbers though are said to be higher. There is no perfect counting of lions. There are 168 lions have moved out into unprotected parts of the Amreli.
In the last year August report, the lion population outside the protected area of Gir Sanctuary has increased by around 400%, the International Union of Conservation of Nature.
This has raised fears that lions in Gujarat face the threat of illegal trade in body parts similar to that of their counterparts in Africa. This one group of lions yesterday at least made it safely across one road.