The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion is reported to have hunted another endangered wild animal. Walter Palmer is said to have slaughtered a protected ram in Mongolia, paying up to £80,000 for the kill.
The American dentist who sparked worldwide outrage in July when he killed Cecil — Zimbabwe’s most beloved lion — will not be charged with any crime because the hunt was perfectly legal , authorities said Monday.
Cecil ( c. 2002 – 2 July 2015) was a lion who lived primarily in the Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. Killing of Cecil the lion .
|Cecil at ease in Hwange National Park (2010)|
|Died||2 July 2015 (aged 13) Hwange District, Zimbabwe|
|Cause of death||Arrow wounds|
When Walter Palmer , the Minnesota dentist and avid trophy hunter, killed Cecil the Lion in July 2015, the incident ignited a furor. For Oxford University biologist Andrew Loveridge, who had been studying Cecil for the past eight years, it was devastating.
No predators hunt lions to eat them; however, they do have a few natural enemies, such as hyenas and cheetahs. Hyenas compete with lions for food and often try to steal their kills.
Lions are the laziest of the big cats and spend up to 20 hours a day snoozing. But they are also very quick on their toes, hunt in packs and are responsible for killing around 250 people a year.
( Log Out / Three hyenas are around the strength of one lion, so if there’s enough hyenas , they’re more than capable of killing a lion. Lions often hunt in groups, whereas tigers hunt alone. Most experts prefer the Siberian and Bengal tigers to the African lion.
Unfortunately, lion hunting is legal in Africa . Kenya is the first country that has banned lion hunt in 1977. But at the same time, the government of South Africa , Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are the top countries that allowed the people to hunt wild animals.
The conservation charity Save China’s Tigers stated “Recent research indicates that the tiger is indeed stronger than the lion in terms of physical strength. A tiger is generally physically larger than a lion . Most experts would favor a Siberian and Bengal tiger over an African lion .”
An African bush elephant on Fothergill Island, lake Kariba, in Zimbabwe, March 3, 2014. Hunting excursions in Zimbabwe can cost more than $37,000 and hunters also have to pay up to $14,500 for each elephant killed, according to safari hunting websites.
Lions usually hunt and eat medium-sized to large hoofed animals like wildebeests , zebras , and antelopes . They occasionally also prey on larger animals, especially sick or injured ones, and eat found meat such as carrion.
American trophy hunters pay big money to kill animals overseas and import over 126,000 wildlife trophies per year on average. They also do their sport-killing domestically: Bears, bobcats, mountain lions, wolves and other domestic wildlife also fall victim to trophy hunting , damaging natural ecosystems.
On his way to his wedding, Samson encountered a lion , and “he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat” (Judges 14:6). Eventually, when Samson returned to the place where he killed the lion , he saw that a swarm of bees had created a hive in the carcass.