#WalterPalmer: From hunter to hunted — Internet seeks revenge for Cecil the lion
Celebrities are among an online mob baying for the blood of the American dentist who has admitted his role in killing Zimbabwe’s most famous lion, Cecil.
Walter Palmer has said he “deeply regrets” killing the 13-year-old lion, who was found shot, skinned and decapitated beyond the safety of the Hwange National Park, where he had been a drawcard for tourists.
The apology has fallen flat on Twitter where the hashtag #WalterPalmer is being used to hurl insults and threats at the dentist, who allegedly paid at least $50,000 to hunt and kill the animal.
“A poor excuse of a human being.” “A killer.” “Satan.”
Twitter insults were hurled by model Cara Delevingne, actress Alyssa Milano and presenter Sharon Osbourne, who between them have 8.39 million followers.
Osbourne, wife of famed rocker Ozzie Osbourne, also tweeted that she hoped that Palmer “loses his home, his practice and his money…”
All are potentially likely given the flood of comments being posted to the “Yelp” review page for River Bluff Dental, Palmer’s dental practice in Minnesota.
“I needed a tooth extracted, so Dr. Palmer shot me in the neck with a crossbow, chased and tracked me for 40 hours, and (once I collapsed from pain and exhaustion) removed my entire head and skinned me,” wrote Drew C.
Sarah H. wrote: “I’ll admit, a trip to the dentist has never been my favorite, but I can’t imagine a more horrific experience than waking up to realize a penny of my hard-earned money had gone to assist this man in his heartless pursuit of micropenile compensation.”
The website for the River Bluff Dental practice is no longer available online.