Cecil’s former mate and adolescent cubs were filmed surrounded by 9 hyenas after making a kill.
Things look grim for the lioness when the hyenas decide to attack, however Cecil’s mate escapes with only a damaged ear. Park officials report that the lioness rejoined her pride and has even since mothered a litter of cubs.
Cecil was a male Southwest African lion that lived in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. He became well-known globally after he was killed by an American big game hunter on July 1, 2015.
Following the death of Cecil, this particular species of lion has been added to the endangered species list. Additionally, worldwide awareness of illegal hunting has spurred countless new initiatives, ensuring the protection of these irreplaceable animals.
Trophy hunting in Zimbabwe has not been kind to Cecil’s pride. Recently, Cecil’s son was killed.