In his first interview since the hunt, Palmer announced Sunday night that he would be returning to his practice later this week! He said:
"I have a lot of staff members, and I'm a little heartbroken at the disruption in their lives, And I'm a health professional. I need to get back to my staff and my patients, and they want me back. That's why I'm back."
Palmer made it clear the 25-minute interview would be his only media appearance. Though he reportedly refused to answer most of the questions regarding the hunt, he did admit:
"If I had known this lion had a name and was important to the country or a study obviously I wouldn't have taken it."
When asked about why he went into hiding for so long, the dentist denied that he ever went in hiding in the first place! He added:
"I've been out of the public eye. That doesn't mean I'm in hiding. I've been among people, family and friends. Location is really not that important."