A story broke worldwide this week and Social Media is in meltdown with a host of celebrities up in arms.
For most of us, the story was sad as much as it was shocking with the central characters being a 13-year-old captive Lion and a wealthy dentist.
Cecil the Lion was found beheaded and skinned on the outskirts of the Hwange national park, authorities said. The hunt occurred around July 6.
It has been alleged that the two hunters, who have just been released on bail,
went hunting at night with a spotlight and they spotted Cecil the Lion.
According to Johnny Rodrigues, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Conservation Task “the two hunters allegedly tied a dead animal to their vehicle to lure Cecil out of the park and they scented an area about half a kilometre from the park.”
Rodrigues said that Cecil was shot with a crossbow that failed to kill him. Cecil was then tracked down and found, 40 hours later, at which point he was and shot and killed with a rifle.
Cecil was a major attraction and scientific experiment.
He had been collared as part of an Oxford University research project the university has run since 1999 in Zimbabwe
Cecil was a major star in the Hwange Park and was popular with tourists.
“He never bothered anybody,” Johnny Rodrigues, of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told The Telegraph. “He was one of the most beautiful animals to look at.”
Cecil has several cubs. The tragedy does not end there for the Lions in Cecil’s Pride.
The next lion in the hierarchy, Jericho, will most likely kill all Cecil’s cubs so that he can insert his own bloodline into the females.
I am a passionate environmentalist and even more so about cruelty to any living creature. I hope this barbaric episode highlights the need to respect our environment and all the fauna and flora living within it.
I have created a range of promotional items to highlight the campaign for Cecil. All proceeds will go towards the campaign.
My name is Steve Howard – You have been reading the Digital Circus.