Son of Cecil the Lion Killed by Hunter in Zimbabwe

It was bound to happen eventually, one of Cecil the Lion’s offspring has been killed by a hunter. Six year old, Xanda was shot by an unnamed hunter outside the Hwange National Park in northwest Zimbabwe. Time will tell if this set off a firestorm like the one after Cecil was killed.

According to Newsweek, the hunter who killed Xanda was on an excursion with RC Safaris, a Zimbabwean company run by professional hunter Richard Cooke. When Cooke realized that the dead lion was wearing an electronic collar, he returned it to researchers, said Andrew Loveridge, a conservationist at the University of Oxford’s zoology department.

In a statement Loveridge said, “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 6
years old, so it is all within the stipulated regulations.”

Even with that statement news organizations started to stir the pot trying to wind people up. The Newsweek article quoted above called the lion a cub even though he was a mature male. They also
add in lines like, “Xanda’s death is another tragic installment…..” It definitely seems like they want to fan the flames.

It seems too early to tell if this will take off like it did last year. If it does we will continue to keep you posted.

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