One of Cecil’s cubs dies after being attacked by another lion. Park official:
One of the eight cubs was killed by a male lion after Cecil was killed. The lionesses fended off his advances but it is unlikely they can continue to protect the cubs for much longer.
Palmer’s Marco Island, FL, vacation home is vandalized with the the garage door spray painted with the words ‘Lion killer!’ and a handful of orange pig’s feet scattered across the front of the house. Palmer si not at the home and is still in hiding.
Palmer apologizes to his customers for having to close his dental practice. The practice has become a memorial to the lion, with red roses and more than a dozen stuffed animals laid outside the locked front door.
To my valued patients: As you may have already heard, I have been in the news over the last few days for reasons that have nothing to do with my profession or the care I provide for you. I want you to know of this situation and my involvement. In addition to spending time with my family, one of my passions outside dentistry is hunting. I’ve been a life-long hunter since I was a child growing up in North Dakota. I don’t often talk about hunting with my patients because it can be a divisive and emotionally charged topic. I understand and respect that not everyone shares the same views on hunting.
Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion. That was never my intention. The media interest in this matter – along with a substantial number of comments and calls from people who are angered by this situation and by the practice of hunting in general – has disrupted our business and our ability to see our patients. For that disruption, I apologize profoundly for this inconvenience and promise you that we will do our best to resume normal operations as soon as possible.