Is a lion on the prowl in Bengaluru?

Shashank Patel

Is a lion on the prowl in Bengaluru?
A collage of screenshots from the WhatsApp video in which
the lion appears to be roaming around freely on a highway.

A video posted on WhatsApp has gone viral showing a lion on the prowl on Bengaluru streets – in Devanahalli near Kempegowda International Airport.

The footage has been taken a few days ago from a moving car which follows the lion even as the carnivore leisurely walks ahead before escaping in the darkness. The big question now is this: Is it actually a lion; a doctored video; or is it Bengaluru at all? The lion in the video certainly looks every bit a lion, and the streets resemble ones in Bengaluru, although the video is hazy.

Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) officials too have watched the video. But they doubt that any lion could be out there on Bengaluru roads. The reason they think it is impossible is that the closest…

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