Asiatic Lionesses give birth to 11 cubs in Gir National Park
Vadodara: As per latest news from Gir National Park, Gujarat, Four Asiatic lionesses have given birth to 11 cubs. Sandeep Kumar, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Gir National Park, told PTI that four lionesses have given birth to 11 cubs in the park. He said, “Three lionesses gave birth to three cubs each while the fourth one gave birth to two”. “It will take another 15 days for the cubs to open their eyes,” the officer added.
“A lioness can feed only three to four cubs at a time. The fact that 4 lioness gave birth to 11 cubs illustrates that Asiatic lions are genetically strong and competent. The forest department continues to play a leading role in biodiversity conservation through dedicated management and support to nature with skill care,” Kumar said.
Recently, ten Asiatic lions had died in the floods. Gir National Park is the last abode of Asiatic Lions in entire Asia.
According to the latest census report released in May, the number of Asiatic lions have constantly increased in the sanctuary and the surrounding areas. The numbers had gone up to 523, which is an increase of around 27 per cent since 2010.
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