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Heartbreaking News — Cecil The Lion's Brother Has Been Killed

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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!
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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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Cecil The Lion's Killer Has Been Contacted By U.S. Officials After Calls For His Extradition Back To Zimbabwe!

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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!

[ Related: Celebs React To Cecil's Death! ]

Vanessa C. Kauffman, a spokesperson for the office confirmed the contact, saying in a statement:

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Vanessa Hudgens Is On An African Safari With Boyfriend Austin Butler — And Pics Of The Trip Are Adorable!

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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!

[ Related: Vanessa Hudgens Is Hot With A Little Side Boob Action! ]

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!):

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The Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion Apologizes — For The Temporary 'Inconvenience' To His Patients!

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Dr. Walter J. Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion, is unlikely to face any legal consequences for his murderous actions.

Because Cecil wasn't killed on protected land, there's a good chance he'll just get away with it. Well, legally.

Socially, he's going to have a tough time, starting with his dental practice.

[ Video: Jimmy Kimmel Gets Choked Up Talking About Cecil The Lion! ]

Besides gathering and leaving signs and stuffed animals at Palmer's actual offices, protesters have also taken their fight online, posting hundreds of one-star Yelp reviews for his practice.

Of course, it's Yelp, so he may be able to pay to remove those eventually, but for now it's all just too much; he's had to shut down business temporarily.

And for that he's truly sorry.

Palmer penned a letter to his patients apologizing for the inconvenience, saying:

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Animal Cruelty Karma: 5 Times Justice Was Served In The End!

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***WARNING: GRAPHIC CASES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY BELOW***

What goes around, comes around!

We can't believe that we live in a world where humans feel the need to viciously murder other living creatures, and Cecil the Lion is just the latest case of animal cruelty in the news.

Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed Cecil, may still be in hiding, but we're hoping that he will have to eventually face poaching charges in Zimbabwe once he resurfaces.

[ Related: Cecil's Bones To Make Anti-Poaching Memorial ]

However, even though Walter has yet to face any immediate legal ramifications for his crime, you can take solace knowing that his vicious slaying has caused his Minnesotan dental practice to close.

But if you're like us and enjoy seeing people who harm animals get what's coming to them, then you're in luck, because we've put together a list of five high profile animal rights cases where justice was served!

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Cecil The Lion's Bones Will Be Used To Make An Anti-Poaching Memorial

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Cecil the Lion's death will not be in vain.

In the past couple days there has been a ton of international outrage over the death of Cecil The Lion, a beloved big cat that was killed by a U.S. hunter in Zimbabwe.

But it appears Cecil's death wont be in vain, as local officials are saying his bones will be used to create an anti-poaching memorial.

[ Related: Hunter Claims He Has No Idea Cecil The Lion Was Famous ]

Johnny Rodrigues of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force recently revealed plans to place the memorial in Hwange National Park in hopes of raising awareness about the perils of poaching.

Cecil's body is currently out in the open so vultures and other carnivores can make use of all of the meat before they decide to build the memorial.

We can't wait to see the final result and it's amazing to know that this beautiful creature's death isn't going to waste.

[Image via YouTube.]

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Game Of Thrones Editor Tragically Killed By A Lion In South Africa — Get The Sad Details Here

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A visual effects editor for 'Game of Thrones' was mauled to death by a lion in South Africa.

So, so sad.

On Monday, an American tourist was mauled to death by a lion at a South Africa wildlife park. Now, the woman has been identified as an editor for the hit TV series Game of Thrones.

Katherine Chappell — who preferred to go by Katie — was a visual effects editor for the fantasy show.

The 29-year-old was taking pictures from the passenger seat of an SUV, when all of a sudden a lion managed to pounce on her through an open window.

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The park's assistant operations manager Scott Simpson said Katie and the other tourists weren't following proper procedures at the time of the attack:

"They had their windows all the way down, which is strictly against policy."

The lion had been surrounded by her cubs when she decided to lunge for Katie.

Her sister, Jennifer, took to Facebook to thank friends and family for their outpouring of support following the tragedy:

"We cannot thank everyone enough for the kind words and support. It means the world to us during this difficult time."

According to reports, this is the park's third attack in four months.

[Image via AP Images.]

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