Gir sanctuary welcomed furry inhabitants into its feline pride on Thursday after four lionesses gave birth to 11 cubs in Gujarat. The cubs are reportedly healthy and have been filmed by officials.
Deputy conservator of forest, Gir National Park, Sandeep Kumar said the lionesses had given birth in Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Three lionesses gave birth to three cubs each while the fourth one gave birth to two, he 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.
The adorable new cubs of Gujarat’s Gir sanctuary
The positive news comes in the wake of 10 Asiatic lions being washed away in the flash floods that hit Gujarat last month. Nearly 30 had been missing after the floods but have now been sighted in the Gir forest area of Amreli district, with help from animal activists and trackers.
According to latest census report released in May, the number of Asiatic lions in the sanctuary and its surrounding areas had gone up to 523, an increase of 27% since 2010.
Take a look at the adorable cubs waking up to a new beginning:
Here's a look at one of the lionesses walking about the forest:
(With inputs from PTI)