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CONFIRMED: Jericho the Lion is Alive, Nameless Lion Killed by Hunters (UPDATED)

posted: 08/01/15
by: Danny Clemens
Young male lion (PANTHERA LEO) portrait.
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UPDATE 8/2/15 8:00 P.M. EST: The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has rescinded its initial statement announcing the death of Jericho the lion, noting that three separate reports have confirmed Jericho's well-being:

Mistaken Identity - Jericho is in fact alive and well and has adopted Cecil's cubs. We were given 3 separate confirmed...

Posted by ZCTF - Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force on Sunday, August 2, 2015

Original story:

UPDATED 4:19 P.M. EST

Reports have surfaced claiming that Jericho, the brother of Cecil the lion, was illegally gunned down and killed in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. According to a prominent lion researcher, however, Jericho's satellite tag continues to transmit, indicating that the animal is "alive and well".

Early Saturday afternoon, The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force released a statement claiming that Jericho had been gunned down within the park's confines.

Jericho's brother, Cecil the lion, was killed by hunters in early July. He garnered international attention as part of an Oxford research project. The charismatic lion resided in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, where national law protected them from poaching.

Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer has admitted to shooting, skinning and beheading Cecil, although he insists that he did so with the support of his professional hunting guides.

According to the Associated Press, Zimbabwean authorities have already begun the process to extradite Palmer, a move which the American public overwhelmingly supports: a whitehouse.gov petition calling for the dentist's extradition has garnered more than 210,000 signatures.

Wildlife experts have voiced concern about the fate of Cecil's cubs -- in the days leading up to his death, Jericho has been seen protecting the cubs from rival male lions in the park.

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