Heartbreaking Pictures Shows Old Lion Who Was Too Frail To Hunt Starved To Death After Being Cast Out By His Family In South Africa
These heart-breaking images show the final moments of a frail old lion who was once king of his land before he starved to death.
He was kicked out of his pride and became emaciated after the protection and food that his family used to provide was stripped away.
The lion, known as Skybed Scar, was well known in Kruger National Park, South Africa, where he was pictured.
The heart-breaking images were captured by Larry Anthony Pannell, 64, from California.
In his blog, he described coming across the lion, who he initially saw drinking from a watering hole.
‘After he had his fill of water he struggled to his feet hardly able to stand. What you did not notice while he was drinking, he literally was nothing but skin and bones.’
He describes how as the lion moved away from the water ‘he staggered as if he was drunk towards a small rise’ trying to catch his breath every few steps.
After reaching the rise he began slowly descending to the ground but eventually collapsed.