Lion Safari, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s dream project in Etawah, got a setback when lioness Grishma, who has been ailing for the past 127 days, died despite best possible treatment.
The lioness was suffering from deadly Canine Distemper (CD) virus and was hospitalised on July 3. The IVRI-Bareilly, which conducted her blood, urine and stool tests, had declared that she was suffering from CD virus.
Deputy Director of the Lion Safari Anil Kumar Patel said Grishma expired at 1235 hrs even as the Veterinarians tried their best to save her life.
Now the safari houses lions Manan, Gigo and Pataudi and lionesses Heer, Kunwari and Jessica. To prevent the virus from spreading further, experts from San Diego Zoo, US, had visited Etawah Lion Safari recently and vaccinated the big cats. Later, Austrian experts also visited safari to examine and treat the ailing Girishma.
Grishma was on a liquid diet since Friday last and the lioness had become so weak that she was unable to move her limbs. On June 2, lion Kuber died of the same virus.
Grishma was the ninth death in the Lion safari after Laxmi, Vishna, Tapsaya, Kuber and along with five newborn cubs during the past one year.
However, the Vet said the two male cubs born to Jessica were healthy and the officials were happy about it. But today’s death has given a setback to the safari, he said.
Earlier, to prevent the spread of the CD virus, all the dogs in the entire 2-kilometer area were vaccinated. Meanwhile, the UP Government was making all-out efforts to open the Lion Safari for the tourists next month.