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Dentist Walter Palmer Speaks About His Hunt On Cecil The Lion Trying To Justify Himself

Cecil - Hwange National Park, ZimbabwePhoto by Vince O’Sullivan

A man who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe and broke the law doing so gave interview for the first time trying to explain what happened from his perspective. He is also coming back to his practice that he had closed because of the rage of his co-citizens.

So far he spoke to the media only via email and this was first time he spoke with somebody in person. He gave interview for Star Tribune. “I have a lot of staff members, and I’m a little heartbroken at the disruption in their lives,” he said, announcing that he is coming back to work this Tuesday.

“If I had known this lion had a name and was important to the country or a study obviously I wouldn’t have taken it. Nobody in our hunting party knew before or after the name of this lion.” He explained once again. However a lot of people is still having same opinion – that he should not kill for trophy no matter which lion he killed. He and his lawyer are still claiming that everything about that hunt was completely legal. Palmer also told how he wounded the lion and tracked him before he ended his life.

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Once again he emphasized how he did not have any idea that the lion was so famous or part of Oxford research. That he did not have seen the collar because it was night hunt. Now he is coming back to work, although his River Bluff Dental practice has opened in August. He also hired security guard, because he is still afraid of people who condemned him for killing the lion. Zimbabwe officials are asking for extradition, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service started their own investigation.