Zuma surprised Cecil shooting such a big issue

2015-08-11 16:20

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Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma did not think the shooting of Cecil the lion would become such a big issue.

"What it sounds like from a distance, [is that] the hunter did not know that Cecil was so popular," Zuma told reporters at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"Really I didn't think it could become such a big issue, but it is a big issue because Cecil was loved."

Zuma said he had been told that Cecil had a brother, Jericho.

"Thank God, people will now ask is Jericho among these lions? And they will not shoot I would imagine," he said with a chuckle.

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