Trucker Mercilessly Chases Lioness and Her Cubs in Greater Gir Forest Area; Video Goes Viral
A video being circulated online shows disturbing footage of a lioness and her three cubs being chased by a trucker. Local villagers state that the video was shot near Pipavav Port state highway in Rajula taluka of Amreli district in Gujarat. It shows the miserable conditions of Asiatic lions. The video has gone viral and sparked an outrage on social media, after which, the forest department has reportedly assured enquiry. The footage that has been captured is sure to move you and feel sympathetic towards these lions, as it is insensitive as well as unacceptable. In the video, a trucker is seen chasing a lioness and its three cubs in Greater Gir forest area.
Not just that, the truck driver is speaking in Hindi and is chasing lions while a person sitting next to him is capturing the video on his mobile phone. The truck might have come to Pipavav Port from outside the state, reports the Times of India. As the poor lioness and her cubs run away in fear, the trucker chases them mercilessly. Wildlife activist Atabhai Wagh said that the forest department has hired trackers and deputed foresters in all lion habitats but they are careless in protecting the endangered animal. Higher officials in the forest department are now investigating the matter.
Watch video of the trucker chasing the Asiatic lions:
What is even more upsetting is that this is not the first time such an incident has occurred. In November last year, a video of a man on a bike chasing a lion gone viral. Reportedly, at the time, the forest department had promised an enquiry. But till date, no one has been booked. Animal lovers and lion protection groups have been very upset with such incidents and have often voiced their opinion on this. More awareness and information about protecting wildlife needs to be generated among the masses, and the offenders should be booked, in order to avoid such instances.