NOTE: Cecil’s Pride News Blog will continue to update you with the latest happening of Cecil’s Family as we gather additional sources to verify ZimNews’ claim. We are contacting Drew Abramhamson and other sources to confirm, at latest BBC will confirm after they fly someone down there in 24-48 hours.
UPDATE Oct 11- Drew Abrahamson stated that Cecil’s Cubs and their mothers were spotted last week and were looking fine.
We have reports from the Zimbabwean news network, Chronicle ZimNews, reporting that Cecil’s cubs and their mothers are missing for the last few weeks. Since the death of Cecil the Lion by American dentist,Walter Palmer, Cecil’s family of seven cubs around 10 months old had to survive on its own with their mothers protected by Jericho the Lion.
While there has been periodical reports from tourists and advocates, news about Cecil’s cubs and their mother all of a sudden came to a halt for the last few weeks. Multiple attempts at finding Cecil’s Cubs and its mothers included a four day search by a news crew, multiple tour guides and even safari operators offered to help look and all came back without a single sighting of the pride.
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Researchers say that the pride may not be easy to find as none of the lions have a collar and they may fear the worst. Cecil originally had 8 cubs, one of them died before Cecil’s death and another went missing in August. Together with Jericho the Lion, Cecil guarded his territory within Hwange National park. The death of Cecil the Lion has created a vaccum in that area where rival males may move into the area, chase off Jericho, mate with the lionesses and start a new pride.
Researchers hope that the females have moved on to another territory to protect the cubs from further danger. Let’s just hope that Cecil’s pride are playing hard to find and someone will stumble upon them once again. Cecil’s Pride News Blog will continue to update you with the latest happening of Cecil’s Family as we gather additional sources to verify ZimNews’ claim.
Update: Brent Stapelkamp, the researcher with WILDCRU and photographer who provided pictures from the recent sighting of Cecil’s cub made the following announcement on twitter.