Report: Cecil the lion’s son was killed by a hunter

Xanda was 6 years old.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Cecil the lion's son has reportedly been killed by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe.

Xanda, a 6-year-old, was shot and killed just outside Hwange National Park this week, the Telegraph reports. An Oxford University researcher told the outlet Xanda had been collared and monitored since last October.

The Telegraph says a trophy hunter paid to be taken on the excursion with professional hunter Richard Cooke. And that Cooke, when he saw the collar, brought it to researchers and explained what happened.

"His hunt was legal and Xanda was over 6 years old so it is all within the stipulated regulations," the researcher told the Telegraph.

Xanda's death comes almost exactly two years after Cecil was shot and killed by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer in the same area – an incident that led to angry protests and caused Palmer to go into hiding. Though he wasn't criminally charged, and maintained he was told the hunt was legal.

Xanda had some brothers and sisters – the Chicago Tribune reported Cecil had fathered eight cubs by the time he was 13 years old.

Cecil's brother, Jericho, died in October of 2016, likely of natural causes.

Next Up

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

Minnesota's COVID-19 hospitalizations increase by 27.5% in 24 hours

Bring Me The News confirmed that the dramatic increase is not a numbers error.

fire, flames

Lives saved as passerby, city workers rescue from 3 from Golden Valley fire

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the fire Wednesday morning.

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Malik Beasley

Charges: Timberwolves' Beasley pointed assault rifle at family on a home tour

The family was on the Parade of Homes tour when Beasley allegedly pointed the gun at them, telling them to get off his property.

aldi grocery store

Aldi is opening its first store in Winona next month

The new store is part of Aldi's $5 billion expansion across the U.S.

coronavirus, COVID-19 test

COVID-19: Minnesota planning rapid testing for young adults

Health officials are in the planning stages of launching a rapid testing option for 18 to 35 year olds.

grocery shopping

Money Gal Coaching: 15 money-saving tips you should consider

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.

Vikes

Coller: What's left to watch for Vikings fans?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

trick-or-treating, Halloween

Traditional trick-of-treating a no-no, but MDH say there are ways to make it safer

There are safer ways to do trick-or-treating than going door-to-door, health officials say.

Related