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Rumours lion Cecil's brother dead
01 Aug 2015 23:11
Cecil the lion's story was given a further twist today following conflicting reports his brother Jericho had been shot dead by poachers in Zimbabwe.
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The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force charity said in a Facebook post it been informed that Cecil's brother had been shot dead at this afternoon in Hwange National Park.
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But Brent Stapelkamp, a field researcher with Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit who is monitoring the cat, said that his collar data suggests he is alive and well.
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"He looks alive and well to me as far as I can tell," Mr Stapelkamp said.
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American dentist Walter Palmer, from Minnesota, sparked outrage around the world when he killed popular 13-year-old Cecil last month.
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Since the killing, Zimbabwean wildlife authorities announced that they had suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area favoured by hunters.
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Bow and arrow hunts have also been suspended unless they are approved by the National Parks and Wildlife Authority's director.
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The death of another lion in April is being investigated after the authority received information this week.
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Zimbabwe is seeking Mr Palmer's extradition from the US on illegal hunting charges.
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