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Cecil the Lion’s brother Jericho not dead in Zimbabwe, still alive (Updated)

This cannot be happening! Jericho, the brother of Cecil the Lion, was shot dead by poachers in Zimbabwe on Saturday.

This comes less than a week after news that Cecil the Lion was killed by a dentist from Minnesota.

Johnny Rodrigues, Chairman for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (via IBTimes), said in a statement: “It is with great sadness and regret that we report that Jericho was shot dead at 4pm this afternoon. We have no further details but will advise as soon as we know more. We are absolutely heartbroken.”

Jericho had stepped in to protect Cecil’s four remaining cubs. The survival of those cubs are now in doubt.

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I’m sad and outraged.

UPDATE: Jericho is alive!

From Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force:

Mistaken Identity – 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. We could not reach the research station in Hwange to verify if Jericho was indeed alive after they reported that they were receiving signal from his collar.

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…

We understand that some people will be very upset about the report but please could we keep this face book page clear of derogatory slurs.

We would like to make it clear that we do NOT support trophy hunting and we do NOT issue permits or licenses to kill animals…in Zimbabwe. We are merely a concerned conservation group trying to help stop the slaughter of Zimbabwe’s beautiful animals.

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