Manguben Makwana will never forget the night of June 29.
The 32-year-old delivered a baby in the vicinity of the Gir forest in an ambulance after midnight.
But that was not all.
A group of 12 lions sensing human presence, emerged from the nearby bushes and surrounded the ambulance.
The incident occurred at around 2.30am on Thursday when the ambulance was shifting Makwana from Lunasapur village to the government hospital in Jafarabad town .
The paramedic staff of the ‘108’ ambulance tackled the situation with courage and helped Makwana in giving birth as per the directions given by the physician over phone.
“When the ambulance was on its way to Jafarabad with Makwana, the on-duty Emergency Management Technician (EMT) Ashok Makwana realised that she would give birth anytime, as the head of the baby was protruding out. Thus, he asked the driver Raju Jadav to stop the ambulance mid-way to deal with the emergency,” said Mr Gaadhe , Emergency Management Executive of ‘108’ in Amreli.
“Later, Jadav started the ambulance and moved slowly so that lions would give way. Upon seeing the movement of the vehicle as well as the blinking of lights, the big cats eventually moved and gave way to the ambulance,” he said.
The mother and the child are currently admitted to Jafrabad hospital.Both are hale and hearty.