Experts says mutated virus might have killed Gujarat lions
Wildlife experts say that the death of 21 lions in the last month maybe because of a mutation in a virus. In 1994, the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) was responsible for an epidemic in the Serengeti region of Africa, where 1,000 lions died in 3 weeks. While the virus abounds in local tiger populations in Gujarat and is linked to deaths every year.
An expert on lions at the Wildlife Institute of India said that this is the first time in years, that so many deaths have been attributed to the virus. However, every year 80-90 lions died due to various causes. The 2015 lion census recorded 523 lions. There was a 3% growth and now the number of lions are around 600. But every year 80-90 lions died due to various causes. Last year there were 100 deaths and before that, the death count of lions were 80.