A chairman for the Task Force even provided Us Weekly with a statement confirming Jericho’s death. However, an Oxford University researcher tells CNN that he is “alive and moving as of 8 p.m. local time … based on the GPS data from the animal’s collar”.
“The GPS device didn’t suggest that Jericho was killed or that anything was out of ordinary” –Brent Stapelkamp, Zimbabwe field researcher
CNN posits that the death of Jericho would seal the fate of Cecil the lion’s cubs.
Jimmy Kimmel teared up earlier in the week discussing the lion’s illegal hunting on Jimmy Kimmel Live, questioning if Cecil’s hunter Walter Palmer enjoys killing things to compensate for getting an erection.
Celebrities and animal activists quickly took to Twitter to express their disgust at the alleged poaching following the initial report of Jericho’s death.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 1, 2015
I pray this is accurate and not the CNN report. — Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 1, 2015
There are so many ways to fill our lives. So much good we can do. So much we can give. It is our choice. https://t.co/h8C6V7FrAs
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) August 1, 2015
Well this makes me sick. Can’t humans now save the cubs since we are now responsible for their future demise? https://t.co/GPshGdhPy8
— josh groban (@joshgroban) August 1, 2015
The media is finally shedding light on the thousands of animals that are unjustly killed for the sake of trophy hunting. It’s long overdue. — Paul Wesley (@paulwesley) August 1, 2015