Oldest Lion of India dies at Bhopal

Bhopal, May 25 (PTI) Twenty-year-old Inder, a lion placed at the Van Vihar National Park, died here today due to old age, park officials said. They claimed that it was the oldest lion in the country.

The lion was born on July 12, 1991 at Indore’s Kamla Nehru Zoo and was shifted to Bhopal’s Van Vihar on February 12, 1992. The park was home to the lion for over 19 years.

“Normally, the average age of lion is 14 years, but this animal was an exception and survived for nearly 20 years due to proper care and better wildlife management. Inder was the oldest lion of the country,” they said.

Inder did not have any serious ailment, but internally, his body parts got weakened, following which he stopped eating for the past few days, officials said.