Police have rounded up 18 male lion suspects wanted for the murder of three in Gujarat, India.
If one is found guilty, he will be sentenced to life in prison. Or, a kind of prison at least: a zoo.
The 18 lions now in custody will have their paw-prints and feces tested, which police believe could indicate who the culprit is.
Once the “guilty animal” is identified, he will be transferred to a zoo, and the others will be released back into the wild.
The suspects are all Asiatic lions.
The species is endangered, and its population has dwindled as human settlements encroach on its remaining habitat.
There are approximately 400 Asiatic lions left in the wild, and they are the only lion population outside of Africa.
An average Asiatic Lion, also known as the Indian Lion, weighs between 200 to 250 kg.