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Saturday 3 December 2016

US dentist Walter Palmer who killed Cecil the lion back goes back to work

A security guard (L) escorts Walter Palmer (C) arriving at the River Bluff Dental clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota, September 8, 2015. Palmer shut his dental practice in July amid a firestorm of protests after he was identified publicly as the big game hunter who had killed the rare black-maned lion, Cecil, a popular tourist attraction in Zimbabwe. REUTERS/Eric Miller
A security guard (L) escorts Walter Palmer (C) arriving at the River Bluff Dental clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota, September 8, 2015. Palmer shut his dental practice in July amid a firestorm of protests after he was identified publicly as the big game hunter who had killed the rare black-maned lion, Cecil, a popular tourist attraction in Zimbabwe. REUTERS/Eric Miller

The American dentist at the centre of an international uproar over the killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe has returned to his clinic in suburban Minneapolis after weeks out of the public eye.

Walter Palmer entered the clinic in Bloomington at 7am without a word to media gathered outside.

As he walked from his vehicle, a staff member met him on the footpath, grabbed his arm and parted a throng of reporters to rush the dentist to the front door.

Employees also escorted patients inside. Police blocked off an area around the clinic and were working to minimize potential traffic congestion in case of a big protest turnout. Only a handful of protesters were present. One, Cathy Pierce, wearing a shirt with Cecil's photo, yelled "Extradite Palmer" as the dentist was whisked inside the clinic.

Disputed

It's been a month since Zimbabwean officials announced that police would process paperwork to extradite Palmer for participating in the hunt, but as of Monday, a police spokeswoman in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, said there were no new developments in the case.

On Sunday, Palmer disputed some accounts of the hunt and repeated that he believed he acted legally and was stunned to find out his hunting party had killed one of Zimbabwe's most treasured animals.

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