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The Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion Goes Back To Work

Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe's beloved Cecil the lion, went back to work Tuesday as people protested outside his office.
Posted at 4:30 PM, Sep 08, 2015

He took off Labor Day — and a whole bunch of other days. But the break is over. Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist known for killing beloved Cecil the lion, returned to work Tuesday.

Escorted in by a bodyguard, Palmer avoided reporters and protesters. (Video via WCCO)

He made headlines after killing Cecil near a national park in Zimbabwe in early July. He continues to say that hunt was perfectly legal.

"He's despicable. He's a killer. He's a murderer. Poor Cecil," Cathy Pierce, a protester, told WCCO.

Public outrage, protests and threats have made everyday life for Palmer and his family impossible, forcing him to take six weeks off work.

But it seems six weeks wasn't enough time for some people to move on. 

"I think he should probably leave town, that'd be a better idea," another protester told ABC

Palmer hasn't been charged with any crimes, but Zimbabwean officials say they want to extradite him to face a judge there.

This video includes images from Getty Images.