People are turning Walter Palmer’s dental office into a makeshift animal memorial

Soon after his identity made headlines, Walter Palmer’s dental office in Bloomington, Minn. and the River Bluff Dental website became a target for people’s anger, with a wide array of stuffed animals placed at the building’s doorstep, flowers and all.

This Tuesday, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer was outted as the big game hunter who killed one of Africa’s most beloved cats, Cecil the Lion.

Soon after his identity made headlines, Palmer’s dental office in Bloomington, Minn. and the River Bluff Dental website became a target for people’s anger, with a wide array of stuffed animals placed at the building’s doorstep, flowers and all.

Cecil, who was 13-years-old, was famous and widely-loved lion in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, where visitors would report and record sightings of him often. He was a participant in a study conducted by Oxford University and was outfitted with a GPS collar.

According to police officials in Zimbabwe, two Zimbabweans have been arrested in the case and police are still looking for Palmer.

Walter Palmer

Walter Palmer (left)


“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,” Palmer said in a statement.

“I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”

[Update, 7/31/15] This Friday at a press conference, Zimbabwe’s environment minister Oppah Muchinguri announced that they want the U.S. to extradite Palmer.

“We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he can be held accountable for his illegal action,” Muchinguri said.

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  1. Paula Prindle

    July 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    He is NOT sorry he killed Cecil..he is very sorry that he got caught.

  2. Silvia Steinhilber

    July 30, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse.

  3. sue

    July 30, 2015 at 5:12 am

    This guy and his partners in crime (I don’t care if HE considers what he did legal) should all be arrested and charged. If they don’t have a statute against shooting these beautiful creatures (no matter if they are “known and beloved” or not), they ought to make a law against it…including making it an international offense. I’m sick of people doing things like this and calling it their “right” and “for sport.” I know it’s juvenile of me, but if this guy ever goes hunting lions or other game in Africa (or elsewhere) — especially just for “sport,” I hope he gets mauled for his efforts! The animals probably have little chance though against high-powered rifles. Yuck!

  4. Simon Peters

    July 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Shame on this apology for a human being.

  5. J.Maack

    July 31, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Glad to hear that people are showing their disapproval and disgust with what he did. This guy is one sick individual. Glad he is not my dentist.

  6. Lyndi

    August 1, 2015 at 12:04 am

    All the money people are spending on those stuffed animals should have been spent towards the lion preservation organization instead. He’s not gonna care about those toys…he’s an evil ignorant man.

  7. Elizabeth Schulman Wiebelt

    August 1, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    What kind of a person gets great joy out of killing innocent creatures? A monster that’s who. I hope he gets everything he deserves and that is coming to him.

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