Death of beloved lion continues to captivate the world
SAN DIEGO –
After Cecil the lion’s death, there was growing outcry Saturday over the thought of another lion’s death.
The Zimbabwe conservation task force announced online that Jericho, a lion believed to be Cecil’s brother, was also gunned down by a hunter. But now, an Oxford University researcher says the lion is still moving according to its tracking device. The researcher says GPS data from Jericho’s collar does not suggest he was killed.
Bobbi Brink, the founder and director of Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine explained why Cecil’s story keeps getting bigger.
“These animals are in preserves or they’re in a sanctuary to be protected. That’s not the place to go hunting,” said Brink.
Minnesota hunter Walter Palmer is accused along with two guides of enticing Cecil out of a national park in Zimbabwe before shooting him with an arrow. Cecil died two days later after the hunters tracked him down and shot him with a gun.
His head was cut off and used as a trophy for Palmer.
Part of the growing outcry now revolves around Cecil’s cubs. Brink says it’s unclear what will happen to them. She hopes Cecil’s death 10,000 miles away opens eyes here at home though.
“I don’t think people know we have this problem in our own country. We have more tigers in captivity than in the wild and they are bred in this country for nothing more than profit. We have a lot of canned hunts. So this will bring awareness,” said Brink.
And as for Palmer, Brink hopes he does go back to Africa to face justice.
“I do think he should go back and go to court and then that should be Zimbabwe’s choice to choose his punishment,” said Brink.