Dentist who killed beloved lion gets attacked on the Internet
The death of a popular Zimbabwe lion by the hands of a Minnesota dentist has ignited online outrage and has lead to the condemnation about the hunti itself.
Local Zimbabwe authorities allege that Walter Palmer lured Cecil, the beloved lion, from a protected area in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, then shot him with a crossbow, killing him in early July.
Zimbabwean conservationists say the American paid $50,000 for the trip, allegedly.
Palmer is now being sought on poaching charges, but claims he hasn’t heard from U.S. or Zimbabwean authorities yet.
Although Palmer’s actions are under investigation, lion hunting is legal in the area.
Two hunters spoke to CBC News saying they didn’t know enough about Palmer’s case to comment, but defending the hunt as a way to preserve lion population and as an benefit for the local villages economically.
John Martins, owner of Discount African Hunts in Florida, which specializes in African safaris, says , “There’s a saying in Africa: if it pays, it stays.”
Palmer, the avid hunter from Minnesota says he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn’t aware of Cecil the Lion’s status “until the end of the hunt.”
Palmer also has felony record in the U.S. related to the shooting a black bear in Wisconsin.
U.S. court records show Palmer pleaded guilty in 2008 to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the black bear he fatally shot.
Jimmy Kimmel shares his thoughts on the Minnesota dentist who illegally killed Cecil the lion, a local favorite in Zimbabwe:
On the left is Walter James Palmer posing with the lion he killed on his safari:
John Derringer talks about the outrage towards the Minnesota dentist for killing trhe beloved lion in Zimbabwe, Cecil:
The Lions of Sabi Sand: Brothers in Blood
Below is a captivating documentary about this great wild animal, the king of the jungle: the lion.
In honouring the death of Cecil the lion, let’s take a look at the shocking tale of South Africa’s legendary Mapogo lion coalition and their violent struggle for power; told by the eye-witnesses themselves.
Two inseparable cubs called Mr. T and Kinky Tail, along with their three brothers, survive sickness and rampaging buffalos before an unknown male called Makhulu unexpectedly joins the pride.
Led initially by the powerful Makhulu, the six Mapogo’s unleash a devastating reign of terror, taking control of a vast territory and killing 100 lions in a single year. But Mr. T’s relentless quest for the throne leads to the ultimate vicious betrayal of his brothers.
For lions there is no leadership without enemies.
This world we live in flourishes so much beautiful life. Follow these six Mapogo lions and their domination of the Sabi Sand landscape: