RAJKOT: A video of an alleged illegal lion show somewhere from Gir-Somnath district has gone viral on social media. The video shows a lion eating a live buffalo that is tied to a tree.
The 30 seconds video raises serious question on how the Asiatic lions are being harassed with live baits for illegal shows. Some people in the background are heard speaking in a dialect that creates suspicion that the origin of the video may be from the village in and around Gir wildlife sanctuary, the last abode of the Asiatic lions in the world.
Illegal lion show has been a huge menace in and around Gir forests and recently, nearly seven persons had been convicted by a local court for organising illegal lion show at a farm a few years ago by offering chicken as bait to a lioness.