Friday Fictioneers – A Lion Sleeps Tonight

ff290715A sea of candles dance in the warm, evening breeze. Outside the Ranger’s cabin a small girl carefully places her soft toy at the foot of the growing shrine. Here on the edges of the Hwange National Park people have gathered to mourn.

A few short miles away, under star-filled skies, six hungry cubs patiently await their loving father’s return. Across the oceans, one man pauses to reflect upon his actions, question what he and others do in the name of sport.

Out on the silent, still plains, Cecil roams free – free from man’s inhumanity; forever the king of his jungle.


These words form my entry into Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge. They also form my tribute to a majestic lion who no longer wanders the plains of the Hwange National Park. Rest in Peace, Cecil.

25 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – A Lion Sleeps Tonight

  1. Claire Fuller

    Beautifully written and very topical, and a point worth bringing home. (One minor crit though, and I’m only being picky, but I’m pretty sure that they lion doesn’t bring home the kill or really spend any time with the cubs – all that is down to the lionesses.)

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Heh. I admit a spot of artistic licence with the cubs waiting for Cecil to return – a bit Walt Disney, but I couldn’t resist 🙂

  2. Yolanda Renee

    Trophy hunting is the worst! I had a friend whose uncle had a trophy room. The one item that sickened me the most of the many hanging on the walls and covering each inch of his trophy room were the stools made of elephant feet. Horrid place and a horrid past time, but poor countries allow it because they make money allowing it. To bad that money doesn’t reach those in need. A travesty all the way – no excuse – no reason and no remedy it seems.Makes you wonder, what will rich men hunt when the animals are gone? Poor men?

  3. micklively

    Cecil didn’t ever feed cubs. Only female lions hunt for others. But I support the moral thrust of your piece nonetheless. Inhumanity is all too human, alas.

  4. gahlearner

    Next to bull fighting, trophy hunting is the most senseless and useless ‘sport’ humans came up with. Very sad story, and unless the cubs are taken in by the scientists, they will be killed by the new alpha male.


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