Third poisoned Kenya lion dies

2015-12-09 22:09

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Nairobi - Kenyan wildlife authorities say a lion cub that was part of a famous pride that was poisoned has died.

Kenya Wildlife Service spokesperson Paul Udoto said on Wednesday the cub from the Marsh Pride, which featured in the popular BBC television series Big Cat Diary, had been separated from others after being poisoned, leaving it vulnerable to an attack by buffalo that caused internal injuries.

The male cub was receiving treatment but deteriorated rapidly this morning and was put down by Kenya Wildlife Service veterinarians, Udoto said. Two other lions have already died from the poisoning.

The lions were poisoned after they attacked and killed two cows belonging to Maasai herdsmen who let their cattle graze in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Western Kenya.

Three people have been arrested.

Read more on:    kenya wildlife service  |  kenya  |  east africa  |  conservation

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