Cecil the Lion

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Cecil the Lion

Post by Rob Lister » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:22 am

This guy is fucked. I was following this yesterday.

Short long of it:
1) guy goes big game hunting in Zimbabwe
2) guide helps him lure lion off protected land.
3) guy shoots lion.
4) lion happens to be Cecil, the most famous lion since Elsa

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/spea ... -the-lion/

and worse ...
5) this ain't his first rodeo. He's poached here as well.

It sucks to be him. They're going to find him and extradite him back to Zimbabwe.

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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by ed » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:23 am

How did he know to lure the beast? Seems that the guide figured it out and he was the one who helped.

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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by Rob Lister » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:43 am

Oh, he blamed the guide. blame, blame, blame, it's all his fault I was just sitting there shooting it (with a bow, no less, impressive).

fucked, fucked, fucked.

Oh, and then he helped the guide remove the tracking collar from Cecil's neck and destroy it. :)

On the upside, he may be in violation of a fucking UN treaty. In which case the worst that can happen is a declaration of condemnation.

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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by asthmatic camel » Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:06 am

Interesting commentary.
Analysis: The view from Africa - BBC Monitoring

Cecil's killing has attracted little media attention inside Africa. What little comment there was came in the form of derisive editorials in Zimbabwean state media.

"Not since Simba, of The Lion King fame, has a lion captured the world's imagination in this way," Alex Magaisa wrote in the Zimbabwean Herald newspaper. While tragic, the lion's death has not inflamed local passions because it is "far removed from the lived realities of most of the local people," he added, saying that tourism and hunting in Zimbabwe are "mired in elitism".

The writer said neither he nor his family had heard of Cecil the lion before it was killed.

Kennedy Mavhumashava struck a similar note in the Zimbabwe Chronicle and invoked the history of Western colonialism: "Many believe the lion was named after Cecil John Rhodes, the celebrated forerunner of British colonialism in Southern Africa, explaining the saturation coverage on the demise of his namesake."
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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by WildCat » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:01 am

Rob Lister wrote:Oh, he blamed the guide. blame, blame, blame, it's all his fault I was just sitting there shooting it (with a bow, no less, impressive).
So he's lion?
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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:16 pm

I thought the most famous lion was Clarence.

Oh. Wait.

Clarence is dead, isn't he. :cry:
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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by whitefork » Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:03 pm

no, that would be Good King Leonardo
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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by Rob Lister » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:56 pm

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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by whitefork » Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:57 pm

he probably uses mercury in his fillings too.
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Re: Cecil the Lion

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Re: Cecil the Lion

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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by Pyrrho » Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:27 pm

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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by WildCat » Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:41 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:I thought the most famous lion was Clarence.

Oh. Wait.

Clarence is dead, isn't he. :cry:
No, these are the most famous lions!

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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:48 am

That's from a museum diorama, right?
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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by WildCat » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:06 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:That's from a museum diorama, right?
Yes.

You never go to the Field Museum?
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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:11 am

Sure I have been, but I don't have the whole thing memorized.

I've seen similar at The American Museum of Natural History in NYC.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:13 am

Best exhibit at The American Museum of Natural History (though I'm not sure it's still on public display):

The last seven passenger pigeons, stuffed.
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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by WildCat » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:21 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Sure I have been, but I don't have the whole thing memorized.

I've seen similar at The American Museum of Natural History in NYC.
Ah, but how many people did those lions eat? The Field's ate at least 35 people. :notsure:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsavo_Man-Eaters
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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by ed » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:53 am

WildCat wrote:
Abdul Alhazred wrote:Sure I have been, but I don't have the whole thing memorized.

I've seen similar at The American Museum of Natural History in NYC.
Ah, but how many people did those lions eat? The Field's ate at least 35 people. :notsure:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsavo_Man-Eaters
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Re: Cecil the Lion

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:25 pm

In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions
The New York Times

Op ed piece.
Winston-Salem, N.C. — MY mind was absorbed by the biochemistry of gene editing when the text messages and Facebook posts distracted me.

So sorry about Cecil.

Did Cecil live near your place in Zimbabwe?

Cecil who? I wondered. When I turned on the news and discovered that the messages were about a lion killed by an American dentist, the village boy inside me instinctively cheered: One lion fewer to menace families like mine.

My excitement was doused when I realized that the lion killer was being painted as the villain. I faced the starkest cultural contradiction I’d experienced during my five years studying in the United States.

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Cecil the lion. Evil like his namesake. 8)
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