AFP

NAIROBI

Eight members of a pride of lions that featured in a popular wildlife documentary series have been poisoned in Kenya’s Masai Mara reserve. Two of the Marsh Pride lions - stars of the BBC’s long-running Big Cat Diary series - died after eating a poisoned cow carcass on Saturday night, while one more is missing and at least five are being treated by vets. Jonathan Scott, a zoologist and one of the show’s original presenters who has been following the Marsh Pride for nearly 40 years, lamented the “end of an era”. Among the dead lions was 17-year old female Bibi, who had become something of a celebrity during the TV series’ long and hugely popular run from 1996-2008. A BBC wildlife crew at the scene said Bibi was found “lying on her side, foaming at the mouth, fitting and panting” before she died.