Initial reports had surfaced on Saturday that Jericho had been killed after the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force posted news of his death. The group posted an update on Sunday announcing that it had been a case of mistaken identity and that Jericho was alive while another, unnamed lion had been killed.
While Jericho isn't Cecil's blood relation, the two lions were co-leaders of a coalition pride before Cecil died. And despite initial fears that Cecil's cubs would be killed once a new lion took over, it appears that Jericho has been protecting his friend's cubs in the month since his death.
Cecil was killed early last month after a group of hunters lured him out of his protected home in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park and shot him. He wasn't killed, so they spent two days tracking him before killing him, skinning him and beheading him. They also tried to destroy his tracking collar.