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'Remember Cecil... because we don't': big game hunter Walter Palmer unrepentant on Twitter

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Published 27/11/2015 | 07:23

Dentist James Walter Palmer was identified as the man who killed Cecil the lion (AP)
Dentist James Walter Palmer was identified as the man who killed Cecil the lion (AP)
Walter James Palmer, from Minnesota, is believed to have paid €47,000 to kill the much-loved lion with a bow and arrow
Cecil the Lion was killed by a shot from the bow and arrow of dentist Walter Palmer

Walter Palmer, the dentist responsible for killing Cecil the lion in a global controversy, has risked outraged with some ill-conceived comments on Twitter.

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The account, which is published in behalf of his River Bluff dental practice, has seen numerous references to the lion, who Mr Palmer shot during the summer

Mr Palmer was the subject of extradition talk in Zimbabwe and a target of protests in the US, particularly in Minnesota, where he has a dental practice.

Cecil, a resident of Hwange National park in western Zimbabwe, was well-known to tourists and researchers.

On his dental practice's Twitter account, there are numerous references to Cecil the lion.

On November 14, River Bluff Dental’s tweet included  a drawing of a lion on the tricoleur.

In other tweets, he risked the ire of animal lovers as he named Cecil's deli as the dentistry's favourite restaurant.

However, Mr Palmer seemed quite annoyed at the fact that a Halloween costume was being sold showing a lion sinking its teeth into a man wearing a coat, with the name tag 'Dr Palmer Dentist'.

In another posting, he wrote: “Remember#CecilTheLion” Because we don’t. JUSTKIDDING Happy Friday.”

Last month, it was revealed that Zimbabwe is no longer pressing for the extradition of Mr Palmer.

Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri had said in July that Zimbabwean police and prosecutors would work to ensure Mr Palmer returned to Zimbabwe to face poaching charges.

But last month she told reporters in Harare that Mr Palmer can now safely return to Zimbabwe as a "tourist" because he had not broken the southern African country's hunting laws.

She said the police and the National Prosecuting Authority had cleared Mr Palmer of wrongdoing.

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