Gir, the wildlife sanctuary in western Gujarat, has been in the news for human-wildlife conflict. Vibes of India has been reporting on how lions are declining in Gir.
However, in the latest episode, a lion injured a 15-year-old boy who was taking livestock towards a water source in the Gir sanctuary area, a forest department official said.
Vikram Chavda sustained injuries that took place in Bagoya village, part of Rajapra forest round in Visavadar taluka, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) Gir (West) Prashant Tomar confirmed.
“Vikram was moving with other maldharis (cattle grazers) and livestock close to a spot where a lion and lioness were mating. The boy was attacked from behind by the lion after the mating act was disturbed by their presence,” he was quoted as saying.
He added, “The lion fled when other cattle grazers raised an alarm. Due to the commotion, forest staff reached the spot and shifted the boy to the health centre in Visavadar. He has received eight stitches on his hip and back. He has been referred to Junagadh civic hospital for further treatment.”