UPDATE 5:48 PM EST: Brent Stapelkamp of the Hwange Lion Research Project said of the rumored killing:
"He looks alive and well to me as far as I can tell."
Phew, what a relief!
Could this story get any more heartbreaking?!
According to sources, Cecil The Lion's brother, Jericho, has been killed by poachers. So sad!
[ Related: Cecil The Lion's Killer Has Been Contacted By U.S. Officials After Calls For His Extradition Back To Zimbabwe! ]
Insiders reveal that Jericho was gunned down in Huwange National Park just days after his brother was cruelly killed by dentist, Walter Palmer. A spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said:
"It is with great sadness and regret that we report that Jericho was shot dead … We are absolutely heartbroken."
WHAT. How did this even happen?!
What makes this situation even worse is that Jericho was in charge of taking care of Cecil's cubs who are now in danger without the presence of a male lion.
Ugh! We're so sickened!
[Image via Splash News.]
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