The Internet isn't holding back reactions over the killing of Cecil the Lion (the favourite face of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park) and especially over the Minnesota-based dentist responsible for the tragedy. The 13-year-old lion who established a name among tourists was lured away from legal grounds at night, and then shot with a bow and arrow, only to suffer for nearly two days before being killed, skinned, and beheaded. Walter Palmer, the Minnesota-based dentist who allegedly paid $74,400 for the ultimate "prize," now says he regrets killing the lion although he believes he did so legally.
Consequently, users have been attacking Palmer all over social media. Even Yelp is rushing to clean up the ever-growing negative reviews on his page.
Ahead, see the top Twitter reactions that tell us how people really feel about the situation:
— AmyPoehlerSmartGirls (@smrtgrls) July 28, 2015
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 28, 2015
What an excellent example of evil cowardice as Dr Walter Palmer beheads that majestic creature.
That title "Dr" should be revoked.
— Lisa Vanderpump (@LisaVanderpump) July 28, 2015
News about #CecilTheLion is breaking my heart. How is big game hunting still even legal in this day & age? We are the worst species ever.
— Klassy Pessumal-Goldberg 💬 #BidenHarris2020 (@klassy) July 28, 2015
I'll call hunting a "sport" when the animals get to carry weapons, too. Until then, it's just cowardice.#CecilTheLion
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) July 28, 2015
— Martine Collins (@Scattie00) July 28, 2015
If someone kills a lion for sport, he should be judged by a group of the dead lion's peers in a pit with no way out.
— Anne Wheaton (@AnneWheaton) July 28, 2015
Few things are less manly than paying thousands of $$$ to go to a gated reserve to shoot a lion. How small is your dick bro? #CecilTheLion
— Matt Heiniger (@HeinigeronSport) July 28, 2015
— ⋆ᴍᴇʟᴋᴀ⋆ (@melka_mc) July 27, 2015
— Ana Lucia Rivera (@Fierita166) July 27, 2015
— Janine ツ (@iam_janine) July 23, 2015
Just once, I'd like to see a big game animal maul a hunter, then post a selfie. #CecilTheLion
— Nick (@angry_eyebrowz) July 28, 2015
— F Eckersall (@HerFaithness) July 28, 2015
Congratulations River Bluff Dental and Dr. Walter Palmer, DDS. You're now more despised than Donald Trump. #CecilTheLion
— chris joseph (@sauceruney) July 28, 2015
— Belle (@BelleDodosmom) July 28, 2015