India Puts 18 Lions On Trial For Murder

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Sameera Ehteram
Lion attacks have increased in the recent months in the city of Gujrat with six attacks on humans reported in the area during the past six months.

Police in India have taken 18 male lions into custody for the deaths of three people in the state of Gujarat.

The "suspects" each had their paw prints taken and their feces tested.

One thing is for sure, the lions will get a fair trial and won’t be convicted until proven guilty.

"We think we have pinpointed the guilty lion, but we are still awaiting the results of nine more animals," assures JA Khan, Gujarat's top forest official.

The guilty one will be sentenced to life in a zoo and the rest will be let go.

"The officials are also studying the animals' behavior," wildlife expert Ruchi Dave said. "Man eating lions usually get aggressive at the sight of a human being."

The pride of lions was rounded up after a teenager was dragged from his orchard, killed and partially eaten while his father was injured.

Over the last 23 years, there have been 18 instances of lions killing humans in Gir, a village in Gujrat, and its neighboring areas.

But the attacks have increased in the recent months with six attacks on humans have been reported in the area during the last six months.

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Gir is the only habitat of the endangered Asiatic lion, listed as endangered by International Union for Conservation of Nature due to its small population size.

Strange as it may sound, it isn’t the first time that an animal has been arrested.

donkey

In 2008, a donkey was arrested for biting and kicking two men near a ranch in Chiapas state in Mexico. It was kept in a cell that normally holds people who are arrested for public drunkenness and other disturbances.

The animal remained behind bars at the police station until its owner agreed to pay the men's medical bills estimated around $420.

Gary

Similarly, in August 2012, a goat by the name of Gary was arrested by Australian police for munching flowers outside Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

What’s more, his owner, James Dezarnaulds, opted to go to court rather than pay the fine. He managed to get the fine thrown out.

Pigeon

Going back to India, a pigeon was arrested on suspicion of being a spy from neighboring Pakistan in 2015.

According to reports, the bird was carrying a "stamped message" on its body in Urdu, the official language of Pakistan, as well as a Pakistani phone number.

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