This handout picture taken on October 21, 2012 and released on July 28, 2015 by the Zimbabwe National Parks agency shows a much-loved Zimbabwean lion called "Cecil."(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Jericho, a lion that was an ally of Cecil, the Zimbabwean lion whose killing by an American dentist sparked a global outcry, has been spotted alive, according to the<span style="color: Red;">*</span>country's<span style="color: Red;">*</span>wildlife authority and researchers.
Brent Stapelkamp, who is following Jericho's movements with the help of a satellite collar on the lion, posted on Facebook on Sunday that the cat is alive.
A picture of Jericho said to have been taken Sunday was posted on the website of Oxford University's<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), the organization Stapelkamp is working with.
In a post on the organization's website, WildCRU's Director David Macdonald said Jericho is "alive and well."
He said following rumors of Jericho's death Saturday, the WildCRU field research team and a ranger from the Zimbabwean national parks authority set out at daybreak Sunday to look for him.
Status of Jericho the lion disputed
"Jericho was seen alive and well at 6.15 a.m," he said. "He has been feeding on a giraffe kill with the lionesses from his pride."
The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority also released a photograph of Jericho that it said was taken Sunday morning, the Associated Press reported. The statement from the wildlife authority said<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Cecil and Jericho<span style="color: Red;">*</span>were partners in a "coalition" but were not related, according to the news agency.
It follows a report by the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force that Jericho was<span style="color: Red;">*</span>killed by a hunter Saturday.
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