India fills up artificial ponds for thirsty animals

Roughly 600 Asiatic lions live in the 850-square-mile expanse of the Gir sanctuary, a popular tourist attraction in Gujarat.

Chief Conservator of Forests at Gir Forest Department Kasuladev Ramesh said they have built artificial ponds using handpumps and using solar and wind energy to fill up drinking water troughs for the animals battling the heatwave under the scorching sun.

Rising temperatures adversely affect the metabolic rate of animals. The first impact is apparent through a reduced appetite.

Summers in India are a difficult time when soaring temperatures lead to numerous casualties for humans as well as animals. Possible reasons for the rising temperatures range from global warming to greater urbanisation, leading to taller buildings and diminishing green cover.