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An Asiatic lion rests in Gir forest, near Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The Gir forest and its adjoining areas are the last home of the majestic Asiatic lions. The deaths of 23 lions between September 12 and October 1 and three on October 22 this year have rattled everyone. According to a report by the Indian Council for Medical Research, Canine Distemper Virus was responsible for the deaths(REUTERS)

To save Gir lions, all development has to be eco-sensitive

By Nitin Sangwan and Pradeep Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2018 12:08 PM IST
While the growth in tourism is heartening, it is leading to construction of hospitality units – many illegal – near the Sasan-Gir area. This is disturbing the forest corridors that lions use for their movement.
Samples collected from lions in Gujarat’s Gir Forest National Park continue to be tested for the symptoms of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), which has killed 23 lions there since September 20.(AFP File Photo)
Samples collected from lions in Gujarat’s Gir Forest National Park continue to be tested for the symptoms of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), which has killed 23 lions there since September 20.(AFP File Photo)

Gir lions continue to be tested for Canine Distemper Virus symptoms

UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2018 07:23 AM IST
Officials said more than 100 samples of swabs from nose, eyes and rectum have been tested so far with about 25 turning out to be positive.
Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo persica) near the village of Sasan on the edge of Gir National Park. The ICMR, the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, has found that Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) was responsible for the death of five Asiatic lions in Gir forest .(Representative Image/AFP File Photo)
Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo persica) near the village of Sasan on the edge of Gir National Park. The ICMR, the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, has found that Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) was responsible for the death of five Asiatic lions in Gir forest .(Representative Image/AFP File Photo)

Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir forest dying of Canine Distemper Virus: ICMR

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2018 10:58 PM IST
Around 23 Asiatic lions have died in Gujarat’s Gir forest since September 12, prompting the government to launch massive operations to ensure that the infection does not spread to other big cats in their only abode in Asia.
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