Cecil was a famous, beloved 13 year old lion living on a protected National Wildlife preserve in Zimbabwe. He and another lion had formed a friendship to guard the pride and father lion cubs in peace. He was known for his loving and compassionate nature.
Cecil was reportedly lured from his safe surroundings by raw meat. A Minnesota dentist then was said to have shot him with a bow and arrow. Wounded, Cecil ran off and lay suffering for 40 HOURS before the dentist and guides tracked him down, shot him, skinned him and chopped off his head. To this dentist, animals are just trophies. It has been reported the Minnesota dentist paid $55,000 to hunt and kill a lion.