(Image: Facebook Bert Duplessis)
2 years after Cecil the Lion was killed by dentist Walter Palmer, which sparked an international outrage, the same thing has now happened to one of his sons.
According to the Lions of Hwange National Park, one of Cecil’s son, Xanda, was shot on July 7th outside the park by trophy hunters. The group wrote on Facebook,
“Today we heard that a few days ago, Xanda, the son of #CecilTheLion has been shot on a trophy hunt by Zimbabwe PH Richard Cooke. Cooke also killed Xanda’s brother in 2015, he was only about 4 years old then.
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…?”
According to the Guardian, the trophy hunt was organised by Zimbabwean private hunter Richard Cooke but his clients have not been revealed and they may have paid thousands of dollars to do this.
Xanda was wearing a GPS tracking collar, which was fitted by scientists led by Andrew Loveridge at Oxford University. He told the Guardian, “Xanda was one of these gorgeous Kalahari lions, with a big mane, big body, beautiful condition – a very, very lovely animal. Personally, I think it is sad that anyone wants to shoot a lion, but there are people who will pay money to do that.”
We believe that Cecil had 13 surviving sons and daughters and 15 known grandcubs as of last month.