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Published:August 11th, 2015 13:54 EST

Cecil the Lion: Icon, Celebrity, Myth, Savior!

By Robert Paul Reyes

Cher! Oprah! Madonna! Pink! Bono!

You can now add Cecil to the list of celebrities whose fame is so universal, that no last name is needed.

Before his untimely and savage death Cecil the Lion was a beloved tourist attraction and the subject of research by academics from Oxford University, but the tragic circumstance of his death has propelled him to worldwide fame.

Cecil`s fame was red hot for about a week: He was a trending topic on social media sites, the subject of sermons and lectures, and the leading story on the evening news.

Weeks later he is still very much on our minds: Artists have commemorated the majestic beast in murals, paintings and sculptures, writers have written essays praising him, and parents tell their children tales about the now mythical creature. Cecil the Lion the movie and Cecil the Lion the play are surely in the works.

Cecil the lion killed by a nefarious dentist from Minnesota in a cowardly manner, just so he could add the lion`s head to his trophy collection, leaving Cecil`s cubs at the mercy of rival lions eager to take over his pride. This is an epic tragedy that would have inspired Shakespeare to write plays, and Mozart to write symphonies, so don`t begrudge me for my Cecil the Lion essays.

I will use my meager talent to keep the memory of Cecil the Lion alive, and I will be relentless in demanding that Walter Palmer, the killer dentist be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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