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!
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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.]
It seems like Dr. Walter Palmer might be in some legal hot water after all!
That's because the dentist — infamous for killing Cecil, a famous and well-liked lion, during a hunt in Zimbabwe in July — contacted the US Fish And Wildlife Service offices last this week!
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Vanessa C. Kauffman, a spokesperson for the office confirmed the contact, saying in a statement:
These two are so cute!!
While the latest major story to come out of Africa may not have been so fun, Vanessa Hudgens is on the continent right now with boyfriend Austin Butler, and the lovely pair is having the time of their lives!
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The former High School Musical actress has been posting shots of the couple — as well as some adorable animal pics — during their trip halfway around the world.
Ch-ch-check out Hudgens with a giraffe (!) on Instagram (below!):