Cecil The Lion’s Brother Jericho NOT Killed, Despite Report From Zimbabwe
Cecil The Lion’s brother Jericho was NOT killed in Zimbabwe, despite an initial statement from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.
On Saturday, the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force announced on Facebook, “It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been informed that Jericho, Cecil’s brother has been killed at 4pm today. We are absolutely heart broken.” There was particular concern because it had been hoped that Jericho would protect Cecil’s cubs.
But on Sunday morning, the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force acknowledged that it had been mistaken. In a statement, the Task Force said, “Jericho is in fact alive and well and has adopted Cecil’s cubs. We were given 3 separate confirmed reports last night that is was Jericho.”
The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said it had temporarily lost its signal with Jericho, which caused the initial confusion. Still, another lion was sadly murdered. “We apologize for reporting that he had died but were confident that our sources were in fact correct. This was a case of mistaken identity, but a lion has in fact been killed…although we are relieved that it was not Jericho, we are not happy that yet another lion has been killed,” added the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.
As Gossip Cop reported, American dentist Walter James Palmer killed Cecil during an allegedly illegal hunt back on July 1, but the story went viral earlier this week. Zimbabwe officials are now seeking to have Palmer extradited from the U.S. so he can face charges for the alleged crime. Countless celebrities have called for justice, and protests have been taking place in Palmer’s home state of Minnesota.
Above is a photo of artist Mark Balma painting a tribute portrait of Cecil in the parking lot of Palmer’s shuttered dental practice. Cecil was considered Zimbabwe’s most beloved animal.