In a shocking incident, at least eight Asiatic lions in Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park have contracted the COVID-19. Reportedly, the zoo officials observed COVID-like symptoms in the lions and conducted an RT-PCR test after which the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology on April 29 confirmed about the positive results. Meanwhile, zoo director Dr Siddhanand Kukrety said, "The lions are doing well." This is the first such case in… read-more
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A Gujarat court in wildlife-rich Gir-Somnath district has convicted seven people for conducting illegal lion show in 2018 in Babariya range of Gir. Convicted for torturing an Asiatic lion, six of the accused were given 3-year imprisonment while one was awarded 1-year jail term under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Reportedly, the issue came to the notice of forest officials after a video of the illegal lion show went viral.
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In a rare attempt, a lion cub was born via artificial insemination in Singapore. The newborn cub named after Disney’s character Simba was conceived with semen from an African lion in October. Reportedly, the cub’s father ‘Mufasa,’ also christened after Disney’s movie character, was ailing and died. Earlier, the first successful artificial insemination was carried out in South Africa in 2018. Zookeepers, who take care of Simba said, he is "… read-more
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As per the Barcelona Zoo veterinary officials, four lions - Zala, Nima, Run Run and Kiumbe - have been tested positive for the COVID-19. The results have been revealed after an RT-PCR test. Reportedly, it is the second case in which big felines have contracted COVID-19. Two zoo employees have tested positive for COVID-19 after the disease was first reported in November. Moreover, officials are tracing the source of infection.
A group of researchers have found a new method for counting lions in Africa. Conservation biologist Alexander Braczkowski and his team use high resolution cameras to click the lionsÔÇÖ ÔÇ£whisker patternÔÇØ, which is unique. This ensures same animal is not counted twice. According to Braczkowski, current method of counting such as, studying the lionÔÇÖs tracks or calling them out by distress calls of preys are unreliable and inaccurate.… read-more
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