Controversial lion killer speaks out for the first time

THE man who killed Zimbabwe’s iconic Cecil the lion has spoken out for the first time since the controversial ordeal.

American dentist Walter Palmer broke his silence in an interview with the Associated Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The 55-year-old said he shot the iconic lion with the black mane using an arrow from his compound bow outside the park’s borders.


He said if he had known that the lion had a name and was important to the country or a study obviously he wouldn’t have taken it.

After Palmer was named in late July as the hunter who killed Cecil, he has been the target of violence and threats.

The trophy hunter vowed to return to his Minneapolis dental practice on Tuesday.

PHOTO: BBC News US / Twitter

PHOTO: BBC News US / Twitter