A lion named Mohawk, one of the most beloved big cats in Kenya, was killed Wednesday. He escaped from Nairobi National Park and ended up injuring a bystander - so wildlife rangers shot him.
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The lion, who earned his name because his mane is reminiscent of a punk-rock haircut, was a real crowd-pleaser at the park, the New York Times reports. He was 13 years old.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) explained on Twitter Thursday that it sent a veterinary and security team to the area where Mohawk was found, about 35 miles south of Nairobi. The team was not equipped with tranquilizers - only rifles.