Thiruvananthapuram

Lion released into training enclosure at Neyyar

A 10-year-old Asiatic male lion Nagaraj that was brought to the Lion Safari Park in Neyyar last week is being experimentally let out into a training enclosure every day ahead of its release into the safari enclosure.

The lion, along with a lioness, was brought from the Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden in Gujarat in August. The lioness, however, died at the city zoo, which served as a transit point, after falling ill last month.

On Monday afternoon, a week after Nagaraj was shifted from the zoo to the Neyyar safari park, he was released into the training enclosure, which is the old cub and mother paddock attached to the night shelter-cum-feeding cages.

Out of the cage, he roamed around, rested on a rock, and went back inside for food. There were mild thunderstorms that could have disturbed him, yet he didn’t show any aggression towards the people standing outside or try to hit or maul the fencing.

On Tuesday, he was released in the morning itself. He went back to the cage for food and in the evening, to be locked up.

Chief Forest Veterinary Officer Easwaran E.K. said the lion was eating well and his health too was fine. After a week, if his behaviour was satisfactory, he would be experimentally released into the safari enclosure, Mr. Easwaran said.

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