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Cecil The Lion’s Brother Found Dead, Foul Play Investigated

by : Tom Percival on : 31 Oct 2016 16:54
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The brother of Cecil the lion has been found dead at the same park where Cecil himself was shot and killed. 

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Jericho’s body was found under a bush in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and authorities are now investigating the cause of his death, although preliminary reports indicate that he died of natural causes.

A spokesperson for Hwange National Park, Caroline Washaya-Moyo explained to the Daily Mail that although there are no signs the  big cat was shot or snared, the fact he’s such a high profile animal means there are concerns over his death.

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Tissue samples from the lion’s body have been sent off for analysis to work out the exact cause of death and the lion’s head was also removed and placed in storage to protect it from trophy hunters.

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Jericho’s body was found in a shaded resting area leading researchers to claim that ‘the way in which the carcass was positioned when found suggest the lion died while resting at the point’.

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The death of Cecil caused international outrage last year after he was shot and killed by Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota who paid £31,00 to kill the animal.

Mr Palmer was later pictured next to the lifeless body of Cecil leading to public outcry over the illegal killing.

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Animals

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Daily Mail
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    Cecil the Lion's brother is found dead under a bush in the same safari park where he was shot dead by a trophy-hunting dentist