Zimbabwe’s most famous lion, Cecil, was killed by a cold blooded Minnesota dentist earlier this month.
The 13 year old lion was the biggest tourist attraction at the Hwange National Park. Cecil was lured out of his sanctuary, shot at with a bow and arrow, killed with a gun, skinned and beheaded. Damn. The killer is Dr. Walter J. Palmer who paid $50,000 to kill the lion.
Cecil, well known to those who visited the Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe for his jet black mane, was beheaded, according to conservation officials. His corpse was left to rot in the sun.
Zimbabwean officials said that Dr. Walter J. Palmer, an American hunter known for killing big game with a bow and arrow, killed Cecil, and was being sought on poaching charges.
Johnny Rodrigues of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Cecil was lured out of a protected game preserve one night in early July by a hunting party that tied a dead animal to a car.
The first shot, which the authorities say came from Dr. Palmer’s crossbow, was not enough to kill the lion. Cecil was tracked for nearly two days before Dr. Palmer killed him with a gun.
As expected folks all over the world are outraged. Dr. Palmer is getting blasted all over the internet. His Yelp page has been inundated with angry commenters, this dental website has been taken offline, he’s been blasted on social media and his dental office is closed. You can’t blame folks. After reading the way he killed Cecil it’s no wonder folks have their pitchforks ready for this animal killer. And I say this cause Dr. Palmer has a history of killing wild animals.
Hunting blogs feature images of him proudly showing off a 175lb leopard, which he killed with an arrow in Zimbabwe in the summer of 2010.
Other images show him posing with elk, and even with a huge endangered sheep – the Nevada Bighorn.
Two other people involved in the killing have already been charged in the killing.
“It is alleged that the hunter connived with the Antoinette land owner, Mr. Honest Trymore Ndlovu to kill the lion,” reads a joint statement from the parks service and the Safari Operators Association. “Ongoing investigations to date suggest that the killing of the lion was illegal since the land owner was not allocated a lion on his hunting quota for 2015. Therefore, all persons implicated in this case are due to appear in court facing poaching charges.”
Professional hunter Theo Bronchorst and land owner Honest Trymore Bronchorst will appear in court Wednesday on poaching charges, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo told The Post.
Dr. Palmer needs to be extradited back to Zimbabwe to face charges as well.