One of Cecil the Lion’s cubs has been killed by a rival male, who was trying to mate with the lion’s mother.
This has obviously led to fears that the rest of Cecil’s cubs could now be targeted by predators, with another blow coming on the back of the news that Zimbabwe has lifted the ban on big-game hunting only ten days after the death of Cecil and the ban was imposed.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority claimed that the ban had been axed across most of the area – yet thankfully, the ban still remains in place where Cecil was actually gunned down by Walter Palmer, as well as on other farms where other animals are thought to have been killed.
Cecil’s cubs and lioness not only have to worry about hunters, but also about natural selection, with Cecil’s former stomping ground being visited by other male lions since his death, and one of his cubs of course losing their life after being attacked.
Speaking about the death of one of the cubs, one source told the Mirror:
One of the eight cubs was killed by a male lion after Cecil was killed.
Lions practise infanticide – the male looking to take over and mate with the three lionesses would have crushed the cub’s skull as he looked to stake his claim.