Brother of Zimbabwe's lion Cecil appears alive and well: researcher

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Posted: Aug 01, 2015 3:32 PM

HARARE (Reuters) - The brother of Cecil, the lion killed in Zimbabwe by an American hunter last month, is not dead, a researcher monitoring the pride told Reuters, contradicting media reports that Jericho had been killed.

"He looks alive and well to me as far as I can tell," said Brent Stapelkamp, field researcher for the Hwange Lion Research Project which is monitoring the lion with a GPS tag.

A Zimbabwean conservation organization had posted on Facebook that Jericho had been killed at 4 p.m. on Saturday, a report picked up by some Western news media that was rapidly spread on Twitter.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Writing by Robin Pomeroy; Editing by Jon Boyle)