The son of Cecil the lion has been shot by a big game hunter. Xanda, a six-year-old male, was killed just outside Hwange National Park in north west Zimbabwe, right near the spot where his father was shot, two years ago.
Cecil the lion was hunted down because of his luscious black and blonde mane, which made him easily identifiable. The lion was well known as a big tourist draw. American trophy-hunter Walter Palmer, from Minnesota, paid £45,000 to track down Cecil.
Now, Cecil’s oldest son, who was identified because he had been tagged before, has also been brought down by a big game hunter.
The Daily Mail reports:
The son of Cecil the Lion has been shot dead by a big game hunter – two years after his father was killed, it has emerged.
Xanda, a six-year-old male, was killed just outside Hwange National Park in north west Zimbabwe – near the spot where Cecil died two years ago.
Authorities were able to identify the animal – believed to be Cecil’s oldest cub -because it had been fitted with an electronic tag.
American trophy-hunter Walter Palmer, from Minnesota, paid £45,000 to hunt and shoot Xanda’s majestic father, easily recognisable by his black mane which helped make him Hwange’s biggest tourist draw.
The 12 year-old cat, which was found beheaded and skinned near Hwange National Park, wore a collar and was a key part of an expensive research project monitored by Oxford University.
The dentist was forced into hiding for weeks following his shooting of Cecil which prompted an international outcry. Charges against Dr Palmer were later withdrawn.
Last year, pictures emerged showing seven of Cecil’s offspring – five females and two males by three lioness mates – basking in sunshine.
Andrew Loveridge, from the Oxford University research team is quoted as saying, “Richard Cooke is one of the “good” guys. He is ethical and he returned the collar and communicated what had happened. His hunt was legal and Xanda was over six years old so it is all within the stipulated regulations.”