Hunter Creeps Up On Sleeping Lion, Shoots It And Watches It Die In Agony

A sickening video has been shared on social media showing the cruel and pointless killing of a lion as it slept.

The video shows a ‘trophy hunter’ take aim at the lion as it lies on the ground, seemingly asleep, before he fires a shot. The lion immediately writhes in agony for a few moments, before the camera cuts to the hunting party congratulating each other.

The footage was shared by the Twitter account @Protect_Wldlife. No details were given about the incident, who was involved or where it took place, though one man can be heard calling the other ‘Mr Gooney’.

Sharing the disgusting footage, they wrote:

This ‘hunter’ sneaked up on a SLEEPING #Lion and killed it!

How brave, how sporting – HOW C**TISH!!!

According to the @NatGeo magazine, the Lion will have disappeared from the African continent in 2050!!!! RT if you want a GLOBAL ban on ALL #trophyhunting NOW!!

You can watch it here. But be warned – it is graphic:

According to National Geographic, the global population of African Lion is decreasing, with the animal currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the ICUN Red List of threatened species.

According to the African Wildlife Foundation, the lion population is estimated at less then 23,000. Just 100 years ago it was over 200,000. Conservationists fear that the animal could become extinct by 2050 if the trend continues.

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