The American dentist, Walter Palmer, who sparked international outrage when killed after hunting one of Africa’s most beloved lions, on Tuesday returned to work, walking silently dental practice as protesters shouted “Murderer!” and called on Palmer to leave the place.
Over the summer, Walter Palmer, 55, dentist had all but gone underground to let the global backlash die down, yesterday he broke his silence, telling the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Associated Press in a joint interview: “I’m a health professional. I need to get back to treating my patients. My staff and my patients support me, and they want me back. That’s why I’m back.”
Star Tribune reported that protesters told a group would arrive at Palmer’s practice at dawn to express their concern over the illegal killing that left the Cecil the lion, 13-year-old black maned beauty dead in Zimbabwe’s savanna.
The Star Tribune reported Tuesday that “a modest police presence nearby.” Returning to work for the first time in six weeks, the newspaper said, Palmer was greeted by “a few protesters and many members of the news media.”
“Hopefully, this will die out and we can move on,” Bloomington Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley said Tuesday morning, according to the Star Tribune.
Some of Palmer’s patients came to his defense amid the protests.
“Who are they to tell me who to see and who not to see?” patient Thomas Dressel told Reuters, talking about the protestors.
“I have no problem with him taking a lion or giraffe, that’s his own business,” he said. “I do have a problem with social media and how people have tried to slander this individual.”