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Cecil The Lion And Migrant Death Coverage Lay Bare Difference In Reactions

29/07/2015 15:10 BST | Updated 29/07/2015 15:59 BST
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In this frame grab taken from a November 2012 video made available by Paula French, a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil strolls around in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean police said Tuesday, July 28, 2015 they are searching for Walter James Palmer, an American who allegedly shot Cecil with a crossbow while on a big game hunt in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others. (Paula French via AP)

Social media is laying bare the disparity between the public reactions to a dead lion and a dead migrant.

Zimbabwe's famous big cat Cecil was shot and killed by American dentist, Walt Palmer.

His death has provoked an outpouring of grief online and in the media, with the majority of UK papers leading with the headline on Wednesday morning.

The day after the discovery of Cecil's death, it was announced that a Calais migrant died after more than 1,500 migrants stormed the Channel Tunnel.

Over the past 24 hours, over 264,000 people have tweeted the hashtag #CecilTheLion, in stark contrast to the 3,700 who have tweeted about Calais.

According to Topsy, only 3,900 who have sent out a tweet with the word 'migrant' in it, fuelling people to take to Twitter to express their concerns.

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