The son of Cecil, the beloved African lion unceremoniously killed by a Minnesota dentist, has been slaughtered in the same manner as his father.
The 6-year-old lion, named Xanda, was fatally shot in Zimbabwe this week.
Like Cecil, Xanda wandered outside the safety of Hwange National Park and was shot by a big game hunter.
According to the Telegraph, the Zimbabwean professional hunter on the shoot, Richard Cooke from RC Safaris, discovered the dead lion had a collar and handed it immediately back to the researchers.
“Richard Cooke is one of the 'good' guys. He is ethical and he returned the collar and communicated what had happened. His hunt was legal and Xanda was over 6 years old so it is all within the stipulated regulations," Andrew Loveridge from the Department of Zoology at Oxford University told the paper.
Conversely, in Cecil's case, observers were hard-pressed to find a 'good guy' in the story of the lion's 2015 killing. In fact, the incident caused worldwide outrage that some credit with spurring changes in international laws and business practices related to big game hunting.
Dr. Walter Palmer even took a weeks-long hiatus from his dental practice after he was inundated with protesters, hate mail and threats. He was not criminally charged.
Cooke has not revealed the name of Xanda's killer.
Loveridge reportedly said he hopes an "exclusion zone" will be created surrounding the park in order to prevent tagged lions like Cecil and Xanda who had wandered out of the protected area before being shot.