A stunning and rare image of an Asiatic lion standing on the banks of the Arabian Sea in Junagadh in Gujarat has left the internet in awe. In the undated photo that has gone viral, the lion can be seen casually standing on the shores of the Arabian Sea, as if enjoying the waves of the sea.
Chief Conservator of Forests Junagadh shared the photo on Twitter and wrote, “A lion was spotted in Darya Kantha area during Bhadrawa Poonam patrol.”
See the photo here:
I think it’s a good choice. I think I did a good job pic.twitter.com/kFM1hP11yz
— CCFJunagadh (@JunagadhCcf) September 30, 2023
Later, Indian Forest Service officer Parveen Kaswan also shared the mesmerizing photo and wrote, ‘When #Narnia looks real. A lion king captured the enjoyment of the tides of the Arabian Sea on the coast of Gujarat. Courtesy: CCF, Junagadh. ”
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) October 1, 2023
In another post, he also shared a research paper on Asiatic lions and wrote: ‘Interested people can also read this article about Asiatic lions. ‘Living on the Seacoast: Distribution and Habitat Distribution of Asiatic Lions’ by Mohan Ram and others. Published in Nature.” The study shows that Asiatic lions, which are concentrated in the Gir National Park, are now increasingly spotted around the coastal areas of Gujarat.
”Lions are known to occupy a wide range of habitat types within their range. The main satellite habitats inhabited by dispersing lions are coastal habitats. The first sighting of lions in the coastal habitats of Sutrapada was in the mid-1990s, and since then lions have been continuously reported in the coastal areas spanning four districts,” the study said.
Animal lovers loved the image and remained intrigued. One user commented on the photo and wrote: ‘Stunning! The magic of nature in Narnia. The seaside tranquility of Lion King on the coast of Gujarat. Thanks to CCF, Junagadh, for this beauty!”
Another commented: ‘Symbolic of the Lion of Gujarat that we all admire – standing majestically, unperturbed by the din and unmoved by the waves.’ A third said: “Relocating this majestic lion to MP Kuno National Park is the much-needed step as there is enough prey and space to house and rescue the last remaining king of the jungle.”
“Symbolic of the Lion of Gujarat that we all admire, it stands majestically, undisturbed by the noise and unmoved by the waves,” said a fourth user.
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