For many in Zimbabwe, Cecil the lion tells only part of the story
By Abby Reimer, Special to CNN
Updated 8:43 PM ET, Mon August 3, 2015
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Knut the polar bear was a star at the Berlin Zoo despite a rough start in life. As a cub, he was abandoned by his mother, but a zookeeper hand-raised him to adulthood. His death of encephalitis in 2011, when he was 4, shocked fans. "Knut was something very special," said a zoo board member. Knut isn't the first animal to become a cause celebre for just being himself.
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Cecil the lion probably never knew how beloved he was. The Zimbabwean lion, who was killed on a hunt in early July 2015, was a popular attraction among visitors to Hwange National Park thanks to his status in some studies run by Oxford University scientists. Now, he's world-famous -- and the men accused of killing him are being taken to task.