ZOO AUTHORITIES seem to be very considerate towards the inmates. They keep on providing them the means of the most comfortable living in the captivity.
During summers, the inmates are provided with water coolers or khus curtain and in the winters adequate provisions were made to keep the warm and protected against the chill. Besides, they are served seasonal food of their choice and taste. The elderly animals are given more attention for a comfortable life inside the enclosure.
A thirty-year-old lion in the zoo is the glaring example of hospitality of the zoo authorities. The animal is old and weak. Neither, it can sleep throughout the day nor could sit over the ground due to its physical structure to relax for sometime.
Consequently, the zoo authorities have constructed a cement bench inside the enclosure for the animal to sit and relax like ‘elderly human being’. As the animal gets tired of lying or walking inside the enclosure, it just sits upon the bench like any other human being watching the world all around it with a feeling curiosity in its eyes. Seeing the lion on the bench one can well realise as how ‘helpless’ does he feel. Often he takes a nap on sitting at the bench. But these are the rarest moments to catch or view.
According to keeper of the enclosure the animal was very friendly to people. It enjoyed their company. “I have observed that it becomes sad on the weekly holidays when none of the zoo visitors arrived to watch it. It’s eyes and face beams after seeing the crowd around the enclosure, especially the children attracted it very much. Seeing the children, it comes near to the enclosure fencing to greet them and to say ‘hello’ to them with its ‘impressive physical gestures’.