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IFS officer tweets video of Gir lions swimming, a rarity for the big cats

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A day after the Gujarat Forest department clarified that a video of lions congregating at a waterhole is not from the sanctuary but from somewhere in Africa, another video has emerged that is getting many likes from lion lovers.

This video shows three lionesses swimming across a river in Gir jungles. The video shared by Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Dr Anshuman on Twitter said the lionesses swam the river to move between the riverine islands of a reservoir. The officer said in the tweet that lions are not believed to be good swimmers but a forest staff found the lionesses swimming across the waterbody. He said the video was shot by beatguard RS sarla.

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In the video, the three lionesses were recorded swimming across a 200-metre stretch of Shetrunji river near Rawal. Lions can swim but are not known to prefer to go into water unlike tigers who do it often to cool themselves down.

The video has gone viral on Twitter and has received over 28,000 views and hundreds of likes and comments. Last year, a video of a lion eating grass in a forest area of Khambha in Amreli had also gone viral. Lions and tigers graze on grass when they have digestive problems.