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World Lion Bites Dust to Died in Kenyan Untamed Life Park

A Kenyan lion, considered the oldest in the world, has died after being stung to passed away by a group of Maasai warriors.

Loonkito, 19, was finished by shepherds on Wednesday evening after he was caught hunting cattle in the village Of Olkelunyiet.

He allegedly got lost too close to an enclosure on Wednesday in the Amboseli National Park, forcing the shepherds to act.

The group used spears to keep the older predator away from their cows, which eventually finished him when he succumbed to a stab wound to the head.

Loonkito was admired by wildlife experts for many years due to his unusually high age and longevity, and his passed away was mourned by conservationists.

The large predator has been called the legendary warrior of the big cats by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) after defending its territory for more than a decade.

KWS spokesman Paul Jinaro said: “He was an old lion who was in trouble… making prey yourself and livestock is easy prey.

A normal lion would be looking for wildlife in the park.’

African lions usually have a lifespan of up to 18 years in the wild, according to the conservation group Cats for Africa.

The conservation group Lion Guardians hailed Loonkito as a symbol of resilience and coexistence.’

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“With a heavy heart, we share the news of the passed away of Loonkito (2004 – 2023), the oldest male lion in our ecosystem and perhaps in Africa,” The nonprofit said on Facebook.

There are only 23,000 lions left in the wild, as their population has decreased by 90% in the last decade, according to African Impact.

Almost all lions live in Africa with a small population in India, according to the World Wildlife Federation.

Loonkito cannot be officially confirmed as the oldest in the world, but he was a very old lion and has passed the average age of survival.

Reports of wild animals roaming human habitats in Kenya have increased in recent years, as the animals come under increasing pressure from cities expanding into former migration and hunting areas.

“People need to be sensitized to look for a way to alert us, then we can bring the animals back to the parks,” said Jinaro, head of KWS.

The park is just seven kilometers from the heart of the Kenyan capital, and incidents of animals escaping from the grassy plains and migrating to the chaotic metropolis of more than four million people are not uncommon.

In December 2019, a lion mauled a man just outside the park, while in March 2016, another cat was shot after assaulting and issue a local resident nearby.

A month earlier, in February 2016, two lions spent a day wandering around Kibera, a densely populated slum in the city, before returning to the park, and a few days after, more lions were spotted in the city.

According to the country’s first national wildlife census, conducted in 2021, there are about 2,500 lions in Kenya.

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