The Minnesota dentist who took time off from his practice after international backlash over his killing of Cecil the lion has re-emerged and spoken at length about the incident.
Dr. Walter Palmer gave a lengthy interview to the Star Tribune and the Associated Press and here are seven things that were revealed:
- Palmer is returning to his dental practice this week, at the same location. He says he was not in hiding but was spending time with family and friends.
- Palmer said the lion was first shot with a bow and arrow and then was killed the next day — not 40 hours later, as has been reported.
- Palmer said the lion was killed with a bow and arrow the next day, not shot with a gun.
- Palmer confirmed the lion was killed outside the national park, as reported.
- Palmer said he did not know the lion was collared for research and nobody in his hunting party knew the lion’s name.
- Palmer said a report that he paid $50,000 for the hunt was inaccurate, but he declined to say how much he paid.
- Palmer said he was concerned about threats against his family and particular concerned about his daughter and wife. He said he felt safe, however, “because of the special care that Bloomington police and Eden Prairie police have provided for my staff, office and home.”
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