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Gujarat to send Asiatic lions to Punjab

Last Updated: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 19:35

Chandigarh: In view of the declining number
of lions in Punjab, the state has asked Gujarat to translocate
a pair of the famous Asiatic lions to the northern state.

Punjab Forest Minister Tikshan Sud has urged Gujarat
Chief Minister Narender Modi to expedite the supply of a pair
of Asiatic Lions to Punjab.

Sud had met Modi in Ahemedabad, an official spokesman
said here today.

Sud said it was a matter of grave concern that the number
of lions in Chattbir Zoo in Punjab is fast declining and the
remaining lions have become very old.

Keeping this situation in view, the state government has
asked Gujarat government to spare a pair of Asiatic Lions in
return for a few good species of other wild animals, which has
got the necessary approval from the Central Zoo Authority of
India.

Modi has assured Sud that the pair of Asiatic Lions from
Gujrat would be handed over to Punjab at the earliest, the
spokesman said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 19:35

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