No, that is not hyperbole, but from an actual headline at The Independent (UK) dated March 1, 2015. From the article:
Robert Mugabe isn’t known for his subdued taste, and his million-dollar birthday was just as extravagant as people have come to expect.
The ZANU-PF leader saw in his 92nd year with the slaughter of wild animals, including an elephant, which were cooked and served to his guests. …
His guests were fed a young elephant, and two buffaloes, two sables and five impalas were also donated to the president by a local landowner. He also threw in a lion and a crocodile to be stuffed as an extra gift for Mugabe. On top of this, 40 cows were offered to the president by two members of his government. A second elephant is going to be shot and given to the Victoria Falls community.
I suppose those who are freaking out over Cecil the Lion will soon be travelling to Harare to leave stuffed animals and placards at Mr. Mugabe’s residence, calling him a coward and a murderer. And no doubt Jimmy Kimmel will follow up with another tearful monologue.
No? Of course not. For what l’affaire Cecil is really about, read John Derbyshire’s take on the matter. It’s yet another battle in the ongoing Cold Civil War.