Gir officials ‘corner’ lions for President’s visit
AHMEDABAD: Not even the king of the jungle stands a chance when the mighty president of India comes calling. The authorities are ensuring that the president “accidentally” sees the famous Gir lions during her visit here. Unconfirmed reports also say that there are contingency plans to bring in some furred friends from the neighbourhood zoo, just in case the president misses the residents.
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The authorities of Gir sanctuary are bending rules a bit to ensure an eye-to-eye encounter for President Pratibha Patil with the king of the jungle at the only abode of the Asiatic lions.Though the sanctuary opens to visitors only on October 15, the President will be allowed inside on Friday on her maiden official visit to Gujarat. Forest officials are working overtime to watch the lions’ movements, especially around the Kamleshwar dam in Gir forest. Two groups of lions were recently spotted in this area.
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