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‘They Want Me Back’: Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion Breaks Silence, Returns to Work

The dentist who drew global scorn after killing a prized African lion broke his silence in an interview with the Associated Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday.

The AP reports that 55-year-old Walter Palmer will return to work this week after his practice has been operating for several weeks without him.

“I have a lot of staff members, and I’m a little heartbroken at the disruption in their lives,” Palmer told the AP and Tribune. “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 has been in hiding for about six weeks since he was identified as the hunter who illegally killed Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe this summer.

“I’ve been out of the public eye, seeing family and friends,” Palmer said. “This has been especially hard on my wife and daughter. They’ve been threatened in the social media, and again… I don’t understand that level of humanity to come after people not involved at all.”

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