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Killer of Cecil the lion returns to work

Cecil the Lion and the big game hunter Walter Palmer - Photo Credit Facebook
Cecil the Lion and the big game hunter Walter Palmer – Photo Credit Facebook

Walter Palmer, the hunter who killed Cecil the Lion, returned to work at his dental practice. Many people felt he was in hiding since killing Cecil the Lion in July. Palmer claims he was not hiding but rather just keeping a low profile. He claims to have been hanging out with family and friends that actually care about him.

What do you think Palmer’s first day of work was like? Do you think his employees and peers were giving him the side eye? It’s weird to me that Palmer is really flabergasted that animal lovers were disgusted by him. Palmer’s initial written statement read:

“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”

I’m feeling like instead of sincerely apologizing, Palmer might as well have said, “Who knew?” Perhaps Palmer felt like several other Zimbabwean human rights activists and politicians, who were shocked the world gave so much concern to Zimbabwe for wildlife when over 72 percent of the locals are living in poverty, and there are several issues including the economy and droughts that need to be addressed. However, turning a blind-eye to those issues, several celebrities and activists publicaly condemned this wild animal hunter for taking the life of Cecil the Lion.

Although Palmer returned to work despite death threats, his main concern was about the safety of his wife and daughter. Palmer told the Star Tribune, “They’ve been threatened … in the social media, and again … I don’t understand that level of humanity to come after people not involved at all.”

What are your thoughts? Cecil the Lion was lured from the national park to a neighboring farm, allegedly hunted and killed and this is the part that has everyone outraged. Should the Bloomington dentist be tried and convicted?

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