[WATCH] Jimmy Kimmel breaks down over Cecil the lion death
Zimbabwe is accusing a Minnesota dentist named Walter James Palmer of killing Cecil, one of the country’s most beloved lions. Apparently Walter paid at least $50,000 to track and kill it. He claimed he didn’t know Cecil was a protected lion and one of the most famous animals at this National Park. He said his professional guides told him it was a legal hunt. But the Zimbabwe Conservation Taskforce said Walter worked with his guides to lure Cecil from the park by strapping a dead animal to their car, then shot it with an arrow, tracked it for 40 hours, killed it, skinned it, and beheaded it. Walter is facing poaching charges. And since people found out about the killing, the Internet went nuts, and there are a LOT of mean comments on the guy’s Yelp page. His family basically went into hiding
Jimmy Kimmel got really emotional last night, when he talked about it. He asked people to donate to the wildlife conservation unit that had been monitoring the lion, and to show the world that not every American is an idiot.
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