The delay will also mean that Mumbaikars will have to wait till November end or even December to view the lions, as even after the lions are brought to the Byculla zoo they will have to spend a mandatory period of three months in quarantine.
According to senior officials from Byculla zoo it was in June that the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) cleared the proposal sent by Mumbai zoo for exchange of lions.
Another official added that while rainy as well as winter seasons are mostly preferred for shifting animals due to pleasant weather conditions, which reduces their travel stress they cannot take risk of driving in very heavy rains.
"There has been constant spells of heavy rains since July, which have resulted in flooding too.
First Mumbai and its northern areas were battered by rains and since July end Saurashtra has been facing floods hence we could not even think of sending our team," said the official.
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