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Cecil the Lion's Brother Jericho Killed by Illegal Hunters

Cecil the Lion's Brother Jericho Killed by Illegal Hunters

UPDATE: Zimbabwe officials have confirmed that Jericho has NOT been shot and he is alive and well.
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More sad news has come out of Zimbabwe – Cecil the Lion‘s brother Jericho has been killed by illegal hunters just days after the beloved animal’s killing.

What makes this story even more sad is that Jericho had been protecting the cubs of his brother Cecil following his death.

“It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been informed that Jericho, Cecil‘s brother has been killed at 4pm today,” the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said in a statement (via the New York Daily News). “We are absolutely heartbroken.”

No other details are known right now.

Pictured below: Cecil (the lion with the darker mane) and Jericho playing with each other in photos taken in May 2014.

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Credit: Ken Watkins; Photos: SplashNewsOnline
Posted to: Cecil the Lion, Jericho the Lion

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  • elisa

    this is outrageous, i can’t belive that this happened in a protected park where is the security team?? it’s so sad , what will happen now with those poor cubs

  • siennagold

    I think it’s high time poaching and trophy hunting should be banned. This has been going on for decades now and our beautiful animals are continually being slaughtered. Most of these animals are on the brink of extinction. We are supposed to be stewards of the animals and environment but a lot of people are destroying it.

  • Josie’s girl

    I still dont get why people kill animals without a vital reason. Its not funny at all

  • Utope

    Seriously?! I find people who hunt for sport DISGUSTING. I get hunting for survival, people have to eat, but there is NO reason that these hunters need to hunt these magnificent lions. This is outrageous!

  • millerz

    I think it’s terrible that they’re killing these beautiful majestic animals! I won’t go as far as saying hunting in general should be banned. I eat meat, unless I’m vegan or you’re vegan we have no right to say that. The way cows and chickens are killed and tortured for us ALMOST makes me want to never eat meat again.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 Christopher I. Gomes

    People are just vile. How can you kill two Lion’s that are vital to that region and are protected… Off with their heads. Men lacking in testosterone need better hobbies.

  • Jon M’Shulla

    Well…so much for Cecil’s cubs. They have probably already been killed by the new dominant male. Cats in the wild.

  • la petite bonnieux

    Can others report. JACINE jadresko to facebook.com. she is another disgusting trophy hunter Posting her kills

  • Kee FRIEND Leichtle

    THAT’S IT! All the hunters need to be found and shot! This is just DISGUSTING!!! How stupid and heartless can these hunters be?! This needs to stop!

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