Cecil's cub has not been killed - Zim parks authority

2015-08-11 14:30
File: AFP

File: AFP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - Reports that one of Cecil the lion's cubs has been killed by a lion trying to mate with its mother are not true, the state Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said on Tuesday.

The seven cubs in Cecil's pride "were all seen alive and well" up to August 7, the authority said in a statement.

A British paper claimed on Sunday that an eighth cub had been killed, but this occurred long before Cecil was shot dead in an illegal hunt by a US dentist in Hwange National Park early last month, insiders and the parks authority say.

"[Cecil's] pride originally had eight cubs born. Long before Cecil was illegally hunted, one of them disappeared. The authority can only guess the reason for it to have died but this is quite natural, perhaps hyena or something else," the statement says.

Sources in Hwange have been saying since Sunday that the cubs - and Jericho, who was Cecil's male coalition partner and is now looking after the cubs and bonding with a female called Ketty - are all fine.

Said the parks authority: "The story circulating [on] social network sites that a new male lion has killed one of the cubs and that Jericho has abandoned the pride is just untrue and unfounded at this point."

The authorities have now lifted a countrywide ban on hunting lions, leopards and elephants, just a week after it was imposed in response to global outrage over Cecil's killing.

But it remains in force in the area where Cecil and another lion were illegally killed last month. And from now on, hunters on this type of hunt will have to be accompanied by a state parks official.

Read more on:    zimbabwe  |  southern africa  |  animals

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.