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With his magnificent mane and a scar running underneath one of his puncturing yellow eyes, Simba looks the embodiment of the King of the African savannah.

Be that as it may, notwithstanding his grandness, this 11-year-old is no wild monster. Rather he is one of South Africa’s 12,000 ‘hostage reproduced lions’: hand-raised as a baby by people on a supposed lion ranch before entering a breeding project to deliver more young lions.

In the heartbreaking video footage of the so-called ‘hunt’ obtained by undercover investigators, Wakefield aims a tranquiliser gun at the lion from about 20 yards away. Scheepers tells him to aim for the muscle in Simba’s right leg

In the wake of achieving his physical prime, Simba’s impressive size and great mane fixed his destiny: he was to be presented to be butchered by well off hunters keen on murdering him as a trophy to enhance their sumptuous homes.

The public first learned of Simba after one of Daily Mail examiners acted like the delegate of a well off American customer, wanting to pay a large number of pounds to chase and slaughter a lion.

The investigator drew nearer Mugaba Safaris, a firm claimed and overseen by expert hunter Patrick de Beer.

Wakefield raises the tranquiliser gun to his shoulder again but opts not to fire. Instead he and Scheepers continue to chase the increasingly confused and desperate Simba

De Beer is portrayed on his organization’s site as having tough childhood ‘in a safari fraternity’ and ‘‘boasts unmatchable African bow and rifle hunting experience’. Photos show him holding up a gigantic dead panther and straddling a dead male lion.

The covert investigator journalist from Daily Mail more than once mentioned seeing Simba before the hunt, in an offer to observe the conditions that the lion was being kept in. Be that as it may, he was repelled by De Beer, who wrote of his hesitance to demonstrate guests hostage lions in their cages.

‘You have to understand that due to the sensitive nature of lion hunting all over the world we are hesitant to take people around showing then [sic] lions behind fences,’ he said in another WhatsApp message according to the Daily Mail.

‘It just takes the authenticity out of the hunt.’’

Rather he offered to send to the investigator ‘the same number of pictures and recordings as he needs of the lion’.

As Simba lies helpless, a blue cloth is placed over his eyes. Throughout the ‘hunt’, one of the party has been monitoring the time. It is understood they fear the tranquiliser will wear off and that Simba will turn on them

He included:  ‘We will photograph specific scars identifiable on the cat from various parts of the body to eliminate doubt. We guarantee the cat that he’ll shoot is the cat as per the pictures sent to you.’

Wakefield poses for his ‘trophy shot’ beside the semi-conscious lion. Simba looks into the camera with dazed eyes and his tongue lolls from his mouth. As the lion moves, Wakefield laughs and exclaims: ‘He is turning his head and there’s no fighting it!’

He sent a progression of pictures of Simba, including close-ups of his face, to outline the animal’s recognizable scars and markings.

‘There are many distinctive features of which the spots on the nose is [sic] the lion’s fingerprints… it works the same as a human’s fingerprints,’ he composed.

Wakefield helps the hunting party lift the now unconscious 400lb lion on to a tarpaulin and move him towards the waiting vehicle

This was to be what campaigners call a ‘canned’ hunt, in which a hostage reproduced lion is murdered inside an encased chasing region encompassed by the electric wall.

Once the king of the jungle, Simba is unceremoniously shoved into the back of a trailer. This, however, is no conservation rescue mission. The lion is simply being moved to an unknown location to wait for another hunt to take place, during which he would certainly have been killed if it had not been for a daring rescue mission

Daily Mail group has discovered that Simba was to be provided by a lion breeder in the Bloemfontein region, in spite of the fact that they were unfit to distinguish the definite farm.

Plans were set up for Simba to be shot between October 22 and 25