Five men have been attacked by the lion that they were hunting outside the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
While three managed to climb a tree, and another ran away, the fifth man was mauled to death, along with his two dogs.
The men were hunting big game illegally, as none had licences, and some locals are describing 24-year-old Matome Mahlale’s violent death as ‘poetic justice’ for Cecil.
The 13-year-old lion was shot last year by an American dentist, causing an international outcry as animal rights activists around the world criticised the trophy hunting of these beautiful creatures.
While we don’t condone killing an endangered species for sport (the EOL classes the status of the lion species as ‘vulnerable’), describing the death of a 24-year-old man as ‘poetic justice’ for the death of an animal, is perhaps a bit strong.
Our thoughts are with Matome Mahlale’s family at this difficult time.