Beloved lion Cecil was killed by a murderous dentist back in 2015, to the tears and outrage of everyone with even a shred of a soul.
And now, in a horrible blow to us lion-lovers, his 6-year-old son Xanda has met the same fate: shot by a trophy hunter outside a national park in Zimbabwe, almost exactly two years after his dad’s death.
People are absolutely livid.
Damned trophy hunters. Cecil the lion’s 6yo son, Xanda, has been killed. He too was lured out of a Zimbabwe protected area & killed.
— Richard Dancer (@RGDancingMan) July 21, 2017
— Puja Teli (@puja_teli) July 20, 2017
Can anyone explain to me how it is in anyone’s interests to let tiny-cocked men murder charismatic mega-fauna in national parks? #Xanda
— Adam Sear (@adam_sear) July 20, 2017
Xanda’s unfortunate death is a good time to remind everyone that Don Jr. and Eric Trump are big game trophy hunters. An unjustifiable hobby. https://t.co/EcGNyJK5Ey
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 21, 2017
— Courtenay T @SDCC (@courtenaytaylor) July 21, 2017
hasn’t this family been through enough? https://t.co/nGlSbJOxZ0
— ibrahim salha (@ibzo) July 20, 2017
— Jackie Leonard (@JackieLeonard01) July 20, 2017
Some are arguing that letting hunters pay to kill giant majestic beasts is the best way for the nation of Zimbabwe to preserve the populations in their national parks, but lion researchers are devastated by the loss of Xanda.
As are we all.
Source: The Australian.
Image: WLDavies / Getty.