Locals in Jafrabad Port, Gujarat were recently treated to a rare sight — a lion prowling along their shoreline. Residents of the mostly fishing village spotted the lion on a rocky outcrop along the coast on Saturday.
The lion was most likely an escapee from the Gir Forest National Park.
Video footage shows the lion looking back at the crowd of people that had gathered to watch it, then jumping into the choppy waters of the Arabian Sea.
When the lion started to swim away towards the (seemingly endless) horizon, locals called park officials. The lion was then rescued, tranquillised, and transported to an animal care centre.
Watch the entire, riveting video here:
Today, the sole surviving population of the endangered Asiatic lion is in the Gir National Park. During the last census in the park in May 2015, it was estimated at a little over 500 individuals. This has an improvement since 2010, when the species was at the brink of extinction.