Dentist Who Slayed Cecil the Lion Comes Out of Hiding, Contacts Authorities
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Dr. Walter Palmer, who hunted down Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, has finally contacted them.
After days of hiding, Dr. Walter Palmer has finally resurfaced.
The dentist is a wanted man after he killed Cecil the lion while on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe.
On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tweeted:
Late yesterday we were voluntarily contacted by a rep of Dr. Palmer. We appreciate the cooperation, investigation is ongoing. #CecilTheLion— US Fish and Wildlife (@USFWS) July 31, 2015
It comes after days of silence and not being seen in public. The dentist even disconnected his office phone.
The firestorm over the death of Cecil is even reaching the White House.
More than 150,000 people have signed a White House petition demanding his extradition to Zimbabwe.
One of Dr. Palmer’s two guides, Theo Bronkhorst, has already been charged with illegally hunting Cecil. According to the guide, after slaughtering Cecil and cutting off his head as a trophy, Palmer wanted more blood.
Bronkhorst told The Daily Telegraph: “The client asked if we would find him an elephant larger than 63 pounds (the weight of one tusk) which is a very large elephant, but I told him I would not be able to find one so big, so the client left the next day and went to Bulawayo for the night and then flew out midday the following day."
Palmer has denied any wrongdoing in Cecil’s death.
INSIDE EDITION asked legal expert Royal Oakes if he could really be extradited to the African nation to face charges.
He said: "Palmer could be extradited under the treaty between the countries because it says if you violated the laws of both countries then you can be moved. Well, he allegedly violated America's law of traveling with illegal intent and he allegedly violated Zimbabwe's laws against bribery and hunting without a permit."
We've also learned that the dentist reached out to a crisis management specialist, Eric Schiffer, with an urgent call for advice. Schiffer turned him down.
Schiffer told INSIDE EDITION: "I am not going to help someone that is so horrible. I am not going to help fix someone or protect someone that shouldn't be protected. This is a terrible person. This is someone who did a disgusting act."
The dentist has a mansion located on beautiful Marco Island -- one of Florida’s most exclusive communities on the Gulf Coast. Many believe he would be there to hide out.
The mansion has its own private dock on a canal that leads to the ocean, as well as a swimming pool and a hot tub. There are tile floors throughout the lavish three-bedroom, four-bath mansion that the dentist bought for $1.1 million in 2013.
His Marco Island neighbors are outraged by the killing of Cecil, with Facebook comments like: “Florida doesn't need or want this scum. Go back to Africa to be eaten by lions.”
Another comment was: “Since he lives off Marco throw him in the Gulf as a great white is passing by.”
Watch Below: Sharon Osbourne Slams Dentist Who Killed Lion: 'I Want to See Him Destroyed'
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