Cecil the lion
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority dispelled rumours circulating on the social media that one of the cubs had been killed by a new male lion.
Cecilâ€™s cubs totaling seven belonged to a pride of three females that he headed.
Another pride also comprising three females was headed by another lion, Jericho.
â€œThe one pride (controlled by Cecil) has 7 cubs remaining and were all seen alive and week ending 7/8/2015. That pride originally had 8 cubs born, long before Cecil was illegally hunted, one of them disappeared.
â€œThe Authority can only guess the reason for it to have died but this is quite natural….perhaps hyena or something else. â€œThe remaining cubs have all bonded with Jericho and are at no risk from him,â€ said the authority in a statement.
The social media talk also claimed that Jericho had abandoned his pride but the authority said that was â€œjust untrue and unfounded at this point.â€
â€œThe other pride of three lionesses have been with Jericho lately and are all well. Let us all make efforts to protect Cecilâ€™s cubs by not wishing them dead but alive, we appeal,â€ said the Parks department.
Post published in: Environment