Porbandar: Busy crowd at coastal Madhavpur village of Gujarat skipped a heart beat as they saw a lion running around, attacking several in the people in the neighbourhood. A video of the incident went viral on Tuesday showing villagers running helter-skelter after the wild animal charged in their direction.
According to the forest department, the full-grown lioness attacked two people. The big cat first attacked 75-year-old Arjun Mawadia from behind when he was plucking flowers at the Osho ashram.
The lion then disappeared into the bushes. But some curious youths went to the bushes to have a look at the lion despite warning from the forest officials. When the youths were attempting to record a video of the lion with a mobile phone, it pounced upon a 23-year-old youth identified as Shyam Solanki.
Fortunately, the two sustained only minor injuries and were immediately treated.
Gujarat is the last home for the rare Asiatic Lions and the state government claims there are over 600 lions living across the state. However, over 55 percent of these big cats live outside the protected areas of the Gir wildlife sanctuary and are constantly crossing paths with humans, albeit most of these interactions pass without any incident.