Cecil the lion
A memorial ceremony will be holding for Cecil the lion that was killed by American dentist Walter J. Palmer from Minnesota, will serve to “educate people on the beauty of the beast and the harm that comes from killing them.”
Not only was beloved Cecil the Lion’s illegal murder committed but the culprit bribed reserve officials in the process.
The dentist allegedly used meat to draw Cecil out of his wildlife reserve and into an open area. Once Cecil followed the smell, the popular lion was shot with a bow and arrow, skinned, and beheaded.
Walter J. Palmer
TMZ now reports that in order to honor 13-year-old Cecil, his bones will be used for an anti-poaching memorial.
The nature of the memorial is especially fitting given Cecil’s relationship with humans; the lion was said to be particularly social.
The two men arrested in the death of Cecil were released on Wednesday by a court in Zimbabwe on $1,000 bail each.
Theo Bronchorst, a professional hunter, and Honest Trymore Ndlovu, a landowner, both Zimbabweans, said through their attorney that they were innocent of poaching charges, which officials said could bring a sentence of 10 years in prison.
Zimbabwean authorities said that the dentist paid at least $50,000 for the hunt. Palmer has said he relied on the expertise of local guides “to ensure a legal hunt.””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,” Palmer said Tuesday in a statement. “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
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