Son of Cecil the Lion ‘shot by hunter’

The son of Cecil the Lion, Xanda, is believed to have been shot by a professional hunter in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

The park shared a Facebook post that said the lion had been killed on a hunt by the man who also killed Xanda’s brother in 2015.

Cecil, a famous and much-loved lion in the park, was killed in 2015 by Walter Palmer, an American dentist.

In the Facebook post, the park said six-year-old Xanda, who had several young cubs, was killed on a trophy hunt a few days ago.

It added: “When will the Lions of Hwange National Park be left to live out their years as wild born free lions should…?”

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