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Jericho The Lion: Cecil The Lion’s Brother Shot & Killed By Hunter — Report

Sat, August 1, 2015 5:00pm EDT by Avery Thompson 14 Comments
Jericho the Lion Dead
Courtesy of CNN

This is just awful. Just days after it was announced that Cecil the Lion had been killed, we’ve learned that his brother, Jericho, was reportedly shot and killed by a hunter in Zimbabwe on Aug. 1.

How horrifying. Jericho the Lion, brother of the late Cecil the Lion, was reportedly killed by a hunter on Aug. 1 in Zimbabwe. The park where Jericho was living had put out a statement at 3:30 p.m. banning the hunt of lions, but learned just 30 minutes later that Jericho had allegedly been killed. Cecil was killed by American dentist, Dr. Walter James Palmer, last month.

UPDATE: Jericho was not killed. An Oxford University researcher tracking the lion confirmed the great news on Aug. 2, according to CNN.

“It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been informed that Jericho, Cecil’s brother has been killed at 4pm today,” the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force revealed in a Facebook post. “We are absolutely heartbroken.”

Jericho was shot by a hunter and passed away from his injuries at 4 p.m. local time, Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Task Force, told ABC News. He said the park put a ban on hunting lions, leopards and elephants shortly before Jericho was shot. “The park released the statement at about 3:30, and not even half an hour later I got a phone call that Jericho was killed,” Johnny said. 

The hunter is not currently in custody. However, an Oxford University researcher tracking Jericho later said Jericho was alive and moving as of 8 p.m. local time on Aug. 1, according to CNN. The GPS data coming from the animal’s collar doesn’t suggest that Jericho was killed, Brent Stapelkamp, a field researcher tracking Jericho, said.

After Cecil died, Jericho became the protector of his cubs, Johnny said. “The families had already united,” he continued. How heartbreaking. Cecil was coaxed out of Hwange National Park and shot with a bow and arrow by the Minnesota hunter and dentist. He was later killed. Walter was allegedly paid $50,000 to hunt him.

People across the globe were outraged over Cecil’s death. Walter said in a statement that he “deeply” regretted what he had done. A U.S. petition to extradite Walter back to Zimbabwe began July 28 and has over 100,000 signatures.

This entire situation is just so tragic.

— Avery Thompson