*Well I’m sure walking with a proud stride feels a lot better than cowering in a corner, fearful for your life; or even hiding out of sight for that matter. But Walter Palmer, the dentist who lit the Internet world up when it learned he had killed the rare black-maned lion called “Cecil” — then escaped into a world of depression and hiding, must be feeling breezes in places long-forgotten.
Zimbabwean officials have decided not to charge him for the slaughter.
“We approached the police and then the Prosecutor General, and it turned out that Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order,” Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri told the press.
But does this mean the Minnesota dentist who is a lifelong big-game hunter, can return to the country for another big kill?
According to Muchinguri Kashiri, Palmer can visit Zimbabwe as a tourist but not as a hunter. It implies the hunter will have to store his bow and arrow elsewhere because he will not be issued the permits necessary to hunt.
But two other people involved in Cecil’s killing may not be so fortunate as to get off scott-free. They still face charges for allegedly using bait to lure Cecil out of his habitat in Hwange National Park to set him up for the big kill.
Read more about there pending charges here.