Son of Cecil the Lion is shot dead by a big game hunter two years after his father was killed

  • Cecil the Lion was shot by US dentist Walter Palmer in 2015 sparking outrage
  • His six-year-old son Xanda has also been killed by big game hunters in Zimbabwe
  • Authorities were able to identify the animal because he had an electronic tag

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4714582/Son-Cecil-Lion-shot-dead-big-game-hunter.html

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 son of Cecil the Lion (pictured) has been shot dead by a big game hunter - two years after his father was killed, it has emerged

The son of Cecil the Lion (pictured) 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. This image, purportedly showing the animal, was posted along with a message announcing the death on the Facebook page of the Lions of Hwange National Park group

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. This image, purportedly showing the animal, was posted along with a message announcing the death on the Facebook page of the Lions of Hwange National Park group

American trophy-hunter Walter Palmer (pictured centre in black t-shirt), from Minnesota, paid £45,000 to hunt and shoot the majestic Cecil, easily recognisable by his black mane and Hwange's biggest tourist draw card

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American trophy-hunter Walter Palmer (pictured centre in black t-shirt), from Minnesota, paid £45,000 to hunt and shoot the majestic Cecil, easily recognisable by his black mane and Hwange’s biggest tourist draw card

The 12 year-old cat 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.

But today, it emerged that one of them, Xanda, himself a father to several young cubs, had also been killed by a big game trophy hunter in Zimbabwe. 

An image purportedly showing the animal, was posted along with a message announcing the death on the Facebook page of the Lions of Hwange National Park group.

The group said: ‘Xanda is still a young father at 6.2 years old and has several young cubs. We can’t believe that now, 2 years since Cecil was killed, that his oldest Cub Xanda has met the same fate.

‘When will the Lions of Hwange National Park be left to live out their years as wild born free lions should…?’

Cecil (pictured) wore a collar and was a key part of an expensive research project monitored by Oxford University

Cecil (pictured) wore a collar and was a key part of an expensive research project monitored by Oxford University

The shamed dentist was forced into hiding for weeks following his shooting of Cecil which prompted an international outcry

The shamed dentist was forced into hiding for weeks following his shooting of Cecil which prompted an international outcry

Cecil is believed to have had seven offspring – five females and two males by three lioness mates. Some of them are pictured basking in the sunshine in July 2015

Cecil is believed to have had seven offspring – five females and two males by three lioness mates. Some of them are pictured basking in the sunshine in July 2015

According to the Daily Telegraph, the man leading the shooting expedition, named as Richard Cooke from RC Safaris, found the tag on the lion’s collar and handed it to researchers.

Andrew Loveridge, from the Oxford University research team is quoted as saying: ‘I fitted it last October. It was monitored almost daily and we were aware that Xanda and his pride was spending a lot of time out of the park in the last six months, but there is not much we can do about that.

‘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.’

Loveridge said he hoped a three-mile exclusion zone could be set up around the Hwange Park to stop hunters accidentally killing monitored lions that strayed outside its boundaries.

MailOnline has attempted to reach Mr Cooke for further comment. 

2 responses to “

  1. One day, all of whom for sport, kill Gods creatures, will end up in hell.
    They do it because of their vanity, no other reason.
    They’re Godless heartless fools.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Freedom Rider

      We live in a wicked and perverse generation Barbara. All who come to repentance before God for such acts will be forgiven but the rest will stand before Him with the blood of innocents on their hands. May the Lord have mercy…

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