In July, Walter Palmer made national headlines after he spent a small fortune to hunt and kill what turned out to be a famous Zimbabwe lion Cecil.
After receiving a ton of heat, the Minnesota dentist went into hiding — until now!
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.”
We think location is important if you run a dental practice, which has been operating without Palmer for the past few weeks!
While the dentist insisted that he has “always followed the laws” in Zimbabwe, he isn’t sure about returning to hunt there anytime soon, saying:
“I don’t know about the future.”
Do YOU think the dentist feels sorry for everything?
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