Cecil's cubs ignore each other in new pic

2015-09-26 12:54
Cecil the lion in Hwange National Park.(Bryan Orford, YouTube)

Cecil the lion in Hwange National Park.(Bryan Orford, YouTube)

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Harare - A hilarious photo has emerged of two of the cubs of slain Zimbabwe lion Cecil studiously ignoring each other.

In the picture, taken in Hwange National Park by lion researcher Brent Stapelkamp on Thursday and widely shared on social media, the cubs have their eyes tightly shut and lean away from each other.

"Doing well but perhaps need to work on talking to each other," the Friends of Hwange Trust said.

Stapelkamp, who is part of the Oxford-based WILDCRU research unit, described the cubs on Facebook as being "as fat as ticks" after feeding on a zebra.

He said that he believed Cecil's cubs were all females.

Thirteen-year-old Cecil was killed in an illegal hunt in early July by US dentist Walter Palmer, aided by Zimbabwean professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst.

His death provoked global outrage and calls for the overhaul of the big game hunting industry.

There were fears that his cubs would be killed by a male taking over the pride but this has not happened.

Since Cecil's death there have been differing claims as to whether there were six or seven cubs. Stapelkamp said on Twitter on Thursday that there were six cubs.

There were three lionesses in Cecil's pride. According to Stapelkamp, they are all doing well.

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