Lion-Killing Dentist Won't Face Charges, Is 'Free to Visit Zimbabwe as a Tourist'

Walter Palmer, the Minnesota man whose many talents include drilling into human teeth and killing famous lions named Cecil, “will not be charged with any crime in Zimbabwe.”


Reuters reports the country’s Environment Minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, released a statement that said:

We approached the police and then the Prosecutor General, and it turned out that (Walter) Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order.


Though Palmer won’t be facing any charges, the two people who “were involved in using bait to lure Cecil out of his habitat” aren’t in the clear just yet.

Theo Bronkhorst, a professional hunter in Zimbabwe, is charged with breaching hunting rules in connection with the hunt in which Cecil was killed. A game park owner is also charged with allowing an illegal hunt. Both have denied the charges.

Palmer is now “free to visit Zimbabwe as a tourist but not as a hunter.” In the United States, he remains free to live as both a dentist and a hunter, and plans to reopen his practice Tuesday of this week.

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Pretty sure he won’t ever go back to Zimbabwe. Why would he, if he can’t kill anything?