Cecil, a 13-year-old lion, wandered out of his sanctuary in a national park in Zimbabwe this month, following the scent of a potential snack.
At the other end of Cecil’s search was a lure, placed there by hunters who, conservationists say, wanted their prey to cross into unprotected territory so they could kill him.
Cecil, well known to those who visited the Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe for his jet black mane, was beheaded, according to conservation officials. His corpse was left to rot in the sun.
Zimbabwean officials said that Dr. Walter J. Palmer, an American hunter known for killing big game with a bow and arrow, killed Cecil, and was being sought on poaching charges.
When I first heard about this, I was sad because a beautiful animal has died in a tragic way, and I was angry because that dude killed him for absolutely no reason other than to make profit. I love animals and this just hurts my heart. How do you feel about this?
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Most Helpful Guy
I say lets strip that dentist make him run in the safari. That lion's life has a value. I love lions even though they don't care.4
Most Helpful Girl
I am beyond angry. The lion was an icon in the reserve, was wearing a collar and was lured to his fate. He was obviously trusting of humans to a degree, living in a sanctuary. I don't curse, but this made me boil over.
Flicking butt wipe. I hope he gets prosecuted to the fullest extent and I hope his patients leave his practice in protest.1