Vadodara: A young lioness, who lost its tail to gangrene, is now fit to be released into Gir national park at Sasan in Junagadh, forest officials said.
"The lioness was operated at the rescue centre located at Jasadhar for gangrene in the tail last month," Anshuman Sharma, the deputy conservator of forest, Gir, told reporters.
The veterinarians had no option but to remove the tail in order to save life of the carnivore otherwise the infection could have spread over the entire body, Sharma said.
The gangrene had infected her tail after she was injured in the territorial infighting, he said, adding that the wild cat is now fit to be released in its natural habitat.
Gangrene is a potentially life-threatening condition in which a considerable mass of body tissue dies (necrosis) after an injury or infection, primarily caused by reduced blood supply to the affected tissues, resulting in cell death.
Spread over 1,412 sq km, Gir national park has 411 lions, as per census conducted in April 2010, Sharma added.