Jericho the Lion Is Alive and Well—and Not Cecil's Brother
Conservation group recants death report, but says another lion was indeed killed.
Jericho, the lion reputed to be both Cecil's brother and killed in a hunt yesterday, is neither, say researchers in Zimbabwe.
"Jericho was seen alive and well" at 6:15 a.m. Sunday morning, said David Macdonald, director of Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), which has been tracking the lions at Hwange National Park. "He has been feeding on a giraffe kill with the lionesses from his pride."
He also noted that Jericho, widely called Cecil's brother, is not actually related to the black-maned cat that set off an international focus on trophy hunting when he was illegally killed with bow and arrow by an American dentist last week.
"They were not related though their bond was one close to brotherhood," Macdonald