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In India, the lions help the elderly

June 11 2006

In the Indian state of Punjab has opened a home for elderly animals.

The new institution, the equipment at a cost of 45 thousand dollars, is designed to not only make life easier for elderly, wild cats, but also to protect them from younger and far more aggressive brethren. A minced meat and vitamins that feed the lions here, specially designed for not too strong old man's teeth.

The house, built in Chhatbir Zoo, was one of the main points of the program crosses the lions, which proponents had hoped with the new blood from Africa to strengthen the shaky gene pool of Indian lions. The venture failed, and as a result of a zoo and safari parks across the country appeared about 300 hybrid individuals, easily prone to all sorts of diseases.

The zoo Chhatbir was born almost a hundred hybrid lions - and the administration decided to maximize ease of animal life. Until now gone here on a holiday, "the lions were forced to spend all their time in cramped, poorly lit, dirty cages, normally used for feeding animals.

"Driven to the animals in such close quarters made it very hard, and they are often ill - said zoo director Kuldeep Kumar. - And to make them available to the vast safari park, we could not, because then they would be attacked by the young lions" , reports BBC .

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