UPDATE: Reports conflict on whether Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho was illegally killed by hunters on Saturday

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ZIMBABWE (CNN) — The brother of slain Cecil the lion, named Jericho, was killed Saturday in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, a senior park official told CNN.

Jericho was gunned down by a hunter operating illegally, said Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

The group even made the announcement public on their Facebook page.

Later, however, an Oxford University researcher tracking Jericho told CNN that the lion was alive and moving as of 8 p.m. local time Saturday, based on the GPS data from the animal’s collar.

Brent Stapelkamp, a researcher helping to track Jericho, told CNN that the GPS didn’t suggest anything out of the ordinary, and they were working to clarify conflicting reports.

 

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