UP: Etawah safari lion who sired many cubs dies | Kanpur News


KANPUR/LUCKNOW: Asiatic lion Manan, who fathered many cubs and played a major role in increasing the population of Asiatic lions in the state, died at Etawah Lion Safari late on Monday. Authorities said the 14-year-old Manan was confirmed to be suffering from skin cancer.
A test was conducted on Manan by a team of experts from the Indian Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Research, Bareilly. Surgery to remove a lump on the big cat’s lower waist was also being considered, said Shesh Mishra, director of Safari Park. The Safari administration had also written to the Indian Wildlife Research Institute, Bareilly, to send an expert.
On June 13, Manan’s body temperature was found to be high and the big cat was breathing through his mouth. The blood sample was collected and sent to the laboratory while medicines were provided to Manan, who breathed his last on Monday.
Manan, born in 2008 at the Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden, Junagadh, Gujarat, was brought to Etawah Safari Park on April 11, 2014.
He, along with his partner of three times, lioness Jessica, had given a major push to the lion safari project in UP.
Out of the nine lion cubs of varying ages that the Etawah lion safari has at present, eight were born to Manan and Jessica. Their progeny, Bharat, Rupa and Sona, were the first and the only cubs to be released in the safari’s visitors’ area in October last year. The siblings were born in June 2019.
The administration is preparing to release another sibling pair, Sultan and Simba, born to the duo in the visitors’ area of the safari very soon.
Sultan and Simba were named by former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav. Sultan and Simba, born in June 2016, are the eldest of the six cubs born to Manan and Jessica between 2016 and 2020.
The other cubs whom Manan fathered were Bahubali born in January 2018 and Neerja and Gargi born in December 2020. In between, Manan was also paired with lioness Jennifer and the two gave birth to the cub, Kesari in April 2020.
According to the official release, Manan had a cyst on the right side of his hind portion when brought from Gujarat. The safari administration had consulted the veterinary experts from IVRI, Bareilly; Mathura veterinary institute and Smithsonian zoological park, Washington, USA from time to time in this regard. The experts had advised the removal of the cyst through surgery.
While the consultation and treatment continued, Manan’s health kept deteriorating while the size of the cyst showed an increase. From the month of May onwards, his diet too got reduced and keepers took to hand-feeding the lion. In the first week of June, he was diagnosed with amelanotic melanoma which is a type of skin cancer.
He was under palliative treatment but did not survive.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party president and former CM Akhilesh Yadav, in whose tenure the lion safari was established, questioned Manan’s death and alleged that the carnivore died due to a lack of proper treatment and care.





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