(Associated Press) In a sad repercussion of the illegal slaughter of Cecil the lion by a trophy-hunting American dentist, a rival cat killed one of the beloved lion's eight cubs in Zimbabwe.
Emboldened by death of the tiny pride's leader, the would-be successor killed the youngster while trying to mate with its mother, one of Cecil's harem, according to the Sunday Mirror.
"Lions practice infanticide. The male looking to take over and mate with the three lionesses would have crushed the cub's skull as he looked to stake his claim," a park source told the Mirror.
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