Cecil was one of the great lions of Africa. A protector with many years of experience and wisdom. He left behind his pride that included, his baby lions. He was killed to become someone’s trophy, because for some people that is a fun sport. It took hours for Cecil to die, he suffered, since he was only wounded with an arrow. When they hunted the wounded lion down, they finished him off and then decapitated him. Dr. Walter Palmer a Dentist wanted Cecil’s head for his black mane. Very sad.
Cecil was part of a research project and he wore a collar, he was lured out of his protective area with bait in order to be killed, while being blinded with headlights.
No charges were brought against anyone for this cowardly act.
I grew up with the wonders of wild Africa, images on TV, of a land far away where the most amazing animals still roam. A place like no other, the continent of Africa.
Will children in 30 years only see stuffed lions in natural history museums? Are lions and Rhinos and Elephants doomed to the way of other extinct species? I hope not. It’s up to all of us to make sure this won’t happen. Really, isn’t it divine to see an animal alive and doing what it is supposed to do. I pitty Dr. Palmer, he lacks the ability to see the wonder, the magic, how lucky we are to live in a world that gives us so much.
Individuals like Dr. Palmer only see animals as commodities, something to “take”.
How can he take something that does not belong to him? Like a thief in the night he took Cecil’s life. Many like him do the same every year. What an odd sport where only one side knows they are in a game. Odder yet that it is legal.
We live in such a wondrous world. We are only leasing it for a while, it belongs to the next generation and the next and the next.
“Go into the wild, take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints!”