The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.
Former U.S Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer says that indications are that pro-Russian separatists shot down the plane “probably in error.”
Pifer says separatists claimed on a website yesterday that they shot down a Ukrainian military aircraft at the time MH17 was flying over Ukraininan air space. Ukraininan intelligence agents also recorded rebels at the crash site acknowledging that it wasn’t a military but a civilian airliner from Malaysia.
He joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the situation.