AHMEDABAD, 18 Nov: Maulana the iconic Asiatic lion of Gir, one of the eight lions that featured with Amitabh Bachchan in the advertisement `Khushboo Gujarat Ki’, took his last breath on Wednesday.
The reigning male in a group of eight lions, Maulana was one of the oldest surviving lions in Gir.
After seeing him in 2010, megastar Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog: “LION!! And no, not just one, many!” Bachchan then described the scene, “They are just coming in numbers… 3, 4, it’s 7 of them, led by the male lion, two females and cubs! They calmly come up to the water and start drinking. The older male leaves the hole and sits down by the side, the others still moving about the water…”
While announcing Maulana’s death, chief conservator of forests A P Singh stated that “The lion, which frequented the tourism zone, was named Maulana because of his looks. He was around 16 years old and taking treatment for the last 10 days.”