Cecil the Lion's Brother Feared Dead; Reports Are Conflicting

Park says Jericho was killed, but researcher says his GPS movements are normal
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2015 3:30 PM CDT
Cecil the Lion's Brother Feared Dead; Reports Are Conflicting
A file photo from video of Cecil the lion.   (Paula French via AP)

Those outraged by the death of Cecil the lion have one big question today: How's Jericho? That would be Cecil's brother, and there's conflicting reports about his well-being. A senior official with Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe tells CNN that he was shot dead by an illegal hunter. "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 said on Facebook. Sounds definitive, but a report from Reuters raises hope that he's OK.

"He looks alive and well to me as far as I can tell," says Brent Stapelkamp, field researcher for the Hwange Lion Research Project, which has been monitoring Jericho via GPS. When Stapelkamp heard the news that Jericho was dead, he checked the computer and found that the lion's movements looked fine. In fact, the lion's collar "sent a GPS point" hours after the animal was supposedly killed. It may take a while to straighten out the confusion. (Meanwhile, Zimbabwe hopes to have Cecil's American killer extradited to face charges.)

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