Storm over kissing couple posing with their Kalahari 'monster lion' kill
A private hunting outfit in South Africa has been drawn into a social media storm after a photograph emerged of a Canadian couple kissing next to the corpse of a lion they allegedly shot.
Darren and Carolyn Carter, from Edmonton in Alberta, posed with the lion while "trophy hunting in South Africa", according to The Independent.
“Hard work in the hot Kalahari sun. A monster lion," the caption to the picture read.
The Independent said a second image showed the couple in front of another dead cat.
The image was initially posted on the website of Legelela Safaris, which specialises in big-game hunting trips in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
The website was offline on Wednesday.
TimesLIVE contacted Legelela Safaris on Wednesday to establish if it was aware of reports about the lion hunt, but was informed there would be "no comment at all".
The images have subsequently been widely shared on social media, drawing outrage from some quarters.
The founder of Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, Eduardo Goncalves, told The Independent that the lion may have been shot while trapped in an enclosure.
The Mirror reported that the couple owned a taxidermy business and described themselves as "passionate conservationists".
When approached for comment on the matter, they told the Mirror: "We aren’t interested in commenting on that at all. It’s too political.”
The Canadian couple Darren and Carolyn Carter traveled to #SouthAfrica for a Safari to hunt wild animals, killing a lion and sharing the picture with the note "Nothing like hunting the King of the Forest on the sands of the Kalahari"— EHA News (@eha_news) July 15, 2019
The pictures caused outcry on social media pic.twitter.com/0PYtxlo4t5