By Bilal Kuchay
A pride of lions stunned motorists when they seized their chance to carefully cross a busy highway without any casualties.
Drivers were left speechless on Saturday night when they spotted the beautiful big cats crossing the Pipavav-Rajula highway in Amreli, a district in the Indian state of Gujarat.
Once they appear on the highway from the nearby Gir Sanctuary-world’s only natural habitat for Asiatic lions, the big cats patiently waited on the highway for the vehicles to ply.
The traffic, however, came to a standstill after commuters on both sides of the roadway halted their vehicles for the big cats to pass.
Two men on a motorcycle were seen remarkably unfazed by the unexpected presence of the cats and one of them even got off the motorbike to take the pictures.
In the video, the cats can be seen waiting on one side of the highway and soon after, led by one lion, gently crosses the highway divider to the other side of the road.
The lions were being relocated to a safer place after a fire broke out at Sarasiya forest in Gir Sanctuary.
The Asiatic lion census in 2015 said there are 523 lions in Gujarat of which over 168 lions have moved out into unprotected parts of the Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir-Somnath, Rajkot and Junagadh districts.