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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Monsoons kill rare Asiatic lions

Monsoon flooding that killed dozens of people in western India last month also hurt the world's last population of wild Asiatic lions.

The floods killed at least 81 people with mudslides, collapsed homes or high waters in Gujarat state, while thousands were forced to evacuate their homes.

The rains also killed at least 10 of the country's 523 lions - the last members of the sub-species left anywhere in the wild - as well as prey animals including more than 80 spotted deer and 1,670 Asian antelope.

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