BLOOMINGTON, MN - JULY 29: Painter Mark Balma paints a portrait of Cecil the lion to donate to anti-poaching efforts in the parking lot of Dr. Walter Palmer's dental clinic on July 29, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. According to reports, the 13-year-old lion was lured out of a national park in Zimbabwe and killed by Dr. Palmer, who had paid $50,000 for the hunt. (Photo : Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
One of the most loved wild animal in Zimbabwe, Cecil the Lion, was admittedly killed by American hunter, Walter James Palmer early this month in Hwange National Park. Cecil was shot and killed with a bow and arrow.
Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 to hunt the lion and was really clueless that the lion they killed was protected.
The Minnesota hunter, a dentist by profession and a father of two, mentioned in his statement sent via email, “I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt... I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
Reports said that Cecil the lion was lured out of the Hwange National Park with a dead animal tied to a vehicle as bait before Palmer shot him with a crossbow. Many conservation groups in Zimbabwe have spoken out their disgust over the incident, the brutal killing of the 13-year-old animal.
The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said that the hunters then tracked the lion for another 40 hours before finishing him off with a rifle, skinning and beheading him. Thus, according to earlier reports, the head has not been found yet.
It was also made known that Cecil seemingly enjoyed interacting with humans. "He never bothered anybody," said Johnny Rodrigues, the head of Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. "He was one of the most beautiful animals to look at," he added.
"The saddest part of all is that, now that Cecil is dead, the next lion in the hierarchy, Jericho will most likely kill all Cecil's cubs so that he can insert his own bloodline into the females," Rodrigues explained. Though this may really be alarming and heartbreaking, we have to understand that for lions, this is a 'standard procedure'.
Netizens worldwide also extended their rage over Palmer and sympathy to Cecil the Lion over social media.
Now, let's see what most netizens really want.
— Dawn Clarke (@Bastetgirl28) July 29, 2015
DEMAND JUSTICE FOR CECIL THE LION IN ZIMBABWE http://t.co/XolLthtkt6 — fangirl_adventures (@Fangrladventure) July 29, 2015
Trophy hunters with $55K to spend to kill innocent animals, please get your head examined! #CecilTheLion #bantrophyhunting @rickygervais — NewExcaliburConsult (@NewExcaliburC) July 29, 2015
I know you have been shamed #WalterPalmer so now give 55000 to an animal fund #CecilTheLion #Cecil — Lisa Ayers RN CCRN (@LisaAyers) July 29, 2015
Such a heartbreaking situation. Hunters need to learn to respect lives instead of taking them.. http://t.co/0DWkeR06XP
— Taylor Gonzalez (@tayloranae) July 28, 2015
Another 'AHA' about Palmer ...
Dentist, Walter Palmer, is a serial killer and a liar! #JusticeForCecil http://t.co/bmQWLgiKny — Paige Nelson (@dolphinpaige) July 28, 2015
According to a report, Palmer also pleaded guilty in 2008 to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear he fatally shot in western Wisconsin outside of the authorized hunting zone.
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