Walter Palmer Admits to Killing Cecil the Lion, Incurs Wrath of Internet

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On July 1, Walter Palmer of Eden Prairie, Minnesota made the unfortunate decision to combine two things that most people aren't that crazy about: dentists and killing protected animals.

The 55-year-old was on a big-game hunt in Zimbabwe when he shot and killed a beloved and internationally-known lion known as Cecil.

Walter Palmer and Cecil the Lion

The killing sparked global outrage, and Palmer admitted to being the man responsible earlier today.

“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. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt," Palmer said in a statement issued to local media.

Unfortunately for him, the Internet loves cats and hates root canals, which means Palmer is pretty much screwed.

In the last 24 hours, his dental practice has been closed indefinitely; the business' Facebook page has been removed as a result following hundreds of comments from animal rights advocates, and Palmer's Yelp page has been bombarded with negative reviews.

#CecilTheLion is currently the number one trending topic on Twitter, so it seems unlikely that there's any relief in sight for Palmer.

We guess the lesson would be: If you have to pay some shady guides $50,000 to kill something, it's probably something you shouldn't be killing. 

The scandal brings to mind the furor that surrounded teen hunter Kendall Jones last year. Although something tells us folks won't be so quick to forget about Palmer.

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