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Cecil the Lion’s Son Xanda Killed by Trophy Hunters – Celebrity News

Two years after Cecil the lion was killed by trophy hunters in Zimbabwe, his 6-year-old son, Xanda, has been slaughtered the same way.

“We can’t believe that now, two years since Cecil was killed, that his oldest cub #Xanda has met the same fate,” Hwange National Park said in a Facebook statement on Thursday, July 20. “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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According to The Telegraph, the young lion, who is survived by several young cubs, was found dead still wearing an electronic collar that allowed researchers to track his movements.

Cecil, who was 12, was killed by Dr. Walter Palmer in July 2014 after the dentist paid $50,000 to hunt the beloved lion. Palmer lured Cecil — who was being studied by Oxford University at the time — outside a national park, shot him with a crossbow and beheaded him after a 40-hour hunt.

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Following outrage over the death of the animal, celebrities were quick to slam the dentist for his actions. “It’s not for food. It’s not the shooting, or tin cans would do. It must just be the thrill of killing,” Ricky Gervais tweeted at the time. “Mental.” Debra Messing added that the incident was “shameful.”

Shortly after the backlash, Palmer issued an apology for the lion’s death. “I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion,” Palmer wrote at the time. “That was never my intention.”

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