Gir lions infected with rare bacteria

DC CORRESPONDENT | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Oct 5, 2014, 7:17 am IST
Updated Mar 30, 2019, 11:47 pm IST
The lions brought from Gujarat are unable to walk and are becoming weaker
 The lions brought from Gujarat are unable to walk and are becoming weaker
LucknowThe lions brought from Gujarat are unable to walk and are becoming weaker. 
 
“Both the lions are unable to walk properly and are getting weaker by the day. They were perfectly healthy when they were brought here,” said a vet attending to the lions in Etawah in Uttar Pradesh.
 
The blood samples of the ailing lions were sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly and the results were shocking, to put it mildly. 
 
“The report from IVRI states that the lions are infected with a rare bacterium called Leptospira that they may have contracted from the urine of rats. The urine of rats may have got mixed with the water or meat served to the lions.
 
This bacterial infection damages the liver and kidney and the nervous system is adversely affected. This explains why the lions are unable to walk properly, have become weak and seem disoriented,” said a  wildlife expert who has been monitoring the condition of the lions.
 
Forest department officials say the lions were also injured while being transported to the lion safari from Kanpur Zoo where they had been initially kept. “They had simple wounds and it is possible that they contracted the infection through these wounds,” the official said.
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