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Mural pays tribute to Cecil the lion

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A Carlsbad restaurant is paying tribute to Cecil the lion. 

The 83 Degrees Pub on Carlsbad Village Drive now has a giant mural of the animal on one of its outside walls. 

Plans for a mural were already in the works when Cecil was killed by a big-game hunter from Minnesota. 

The restaurant's co-owner is originally from Africa. 

He felt a connection to Cecil's story and decided the lion would be the subject of the next wall art. 

"it was just his way of paying tribute to a magnificent creature of Cecil and, so, um, his memory can live on," he said. 

The mural was painted by local artist Ron Juncal and Phyllis Swanson. 

The mural took about five days to complete. 

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