Monday 18 December 2017

Tourist guide killed in the park where Cecil the Lion lived

Cecil the Lion
Cecil the Lion
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A tourist guide has been killed in the park that was the home of Cecil the Lion.

The guide was reportedly killed by a lion in a pride he was tracking on Tuesday in the Hwange National Park.

'Zimbabwe's favourite lion' Cecil hit headlines during the summer after he was reportedly shot with a crossbow by American dentist Walter Palmer.

The dentist has not been charged with the illegal death of the animal.

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) said in a statement that professional guide Quinn Swales was on a walking safari with six tourists on Tuesday when he was attacked by the male lion wearing a GPS collar.

"He spotted fresh lion spoor and decided to track a pride of lions consisting two females, two cubs and two males.

"One of the lions known as Nxaha was collared," the parks agency said in a statement.

"It is further revealed that Nxaha jumped out at Quinn. All efforts to save Quinn were in vain."

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