The New York Times released an article yesterday with a unique perspective on Cecil the lion’s death: the perspective of a man who grew up in his backyard. 

“Winston-Salem, N.C. — MY mind was absorbed by the biochemistry of gene editing when the text messages and Facebook posts distracted me.

So sorry about Cecil.

Did Cecil live near your place in Zimbabwe?

Cecil who? I wondered. When I turned on the news and discovered that the messages were about a lion killed by an American dentist, the village boy inside me instinctively cheered: One lion fewer to menace families like mine.”

This article is an absolute must read. To finish the rest of the article, check out it’s entirety here.