The incident comes as a surprise as lions and leopards are known to be arch enemies and attack each other if they face one another.
The Deputy Conservator of Forests, Gir (West) Forest Division Dr Dheeraj Mittal explained though the officials had no idea on the developments that led to this, but the leopard cub has been with the lioness for several days now.
It seemed the lioness has adopted the cub as it was taking care of the cub, feeding it, and protecting it from other wild animals. The lioness took the leopard cub to drink water and it also played with her own cubs.
Fights take place between the lions and leopards and in most cases it results in the death of the leopard.
Gir forest is the only jungle of the world in which the Asiatic lions are found, where there are over 600 lions and the leopards‘ number are double.