Sunday, March 16, 2008

Lion killed at Eselenkei.

Filed under (Meet the lions, lion research fieldwork) by Antony @ 01:44 pm
Another lion dead!

I am sad to bring you news of yet another lion killed. This is the eighth lion killed in a four month period. This happened to the west of our camp almost 50kms, on the neighboring Eselenkei Group Ranch. The lion was completely innocent, no livestock had been killed. The group of two murrans (warriors) and five dogs defied the orders of the elders and saw it fit to go out and killed this immature female lion.

This is the hind leg with the paw removed.

The lioness was in a pride of five lions; a male, another lioness and two young cubs. She was a sub-adult. There is no reason for the killing apparently. A weak reason being given out by the culprits is that the lions had killed a cow a week earlier. But the cow owner had not bothered to go out and kill the lions nor had his three murran sons.

Dried blood from the site; after the lion was killed almost a week ago.

The two murran were taken into custody and are awaiting their case. I will update you on any outcomes once I get them.


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