Dentist Who Killed Cecil the Lion Disconnects His Phone As Protesters Swarm His Office
The dentist who killed Cecil the lion continues to be public enemy No. 1.
Dr. Walter Palmer is still in hiding and protestors have made sure he won't be showing up for his once busy dental practice in Minnesota anytime soon.
Hundreds protested outside his workplace in Bloomington and his office phone has been disconnected.
The dentist did reach out to his patients, sending them a letter that read: "I don't often talk about hunting with my patients because it can be a divisive and emotionally charged topic.
"I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion. That was never my intention.”
Palmer also reportedly stated that he had "relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
Actress Mia Farrow came under heat for tweeting what many first thought was Palmer's home address.
“Are you trying to send a mob?" asked one tweet.
Another tweeted: "I hate what he did, but giving out his address isn't the way to go."
Farrow had actually posted the dentist's business address and later took it down.
No one was angrier with Palmer than the head of PETA who actually said the dentist needed to be “extradited, charged, &, preferably, hanged.”
Cecil the lion actually wore a GPS collar around his neck to allow the researchers to track him in the wild.
The GPS is allowing further insight into Cecil's final agonizing hours.
After he was lured out of the national park in Zimbabwe, Dr. Palmer hit Cecil in the flank with an arrow. The lion took off into the brush. It took 40 hours for Dr. Palmer’s guides to hunt him down by following his bloody trail. Cecil was exhausted and near death when the hunters finally finished him off with a rifle.
In Zimbabwe, reporters caught up with Palmer’s guide, who now faces 15 years in prison if convicted.
The guide was asked: "How are you feeling?”
“Terrible,” he replied.
Meanwhile, Dr. Palmer is a marked man here in America.
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