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Outrage after Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion is killed by an American dentist

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Outrage after Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion is killed by an American dentist

<p>An American dentist accused of hunting and killing Cecil, a famous lion in Zimbabwe has expressed regret and claims he had no idea the lion was a local favourite.</p> <p>Thirteen-year.old Cecil was a popular attraction at the Hwange National Park and appeared in many photographic shoots.</p> <p>It’s believed he was killed after being allegedly lured outside the park boundary. <br /> His death has set off a wave of .outrage.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What are authorities in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Zimbabwe?src=hash">#Zimbabwe</a> doing about the death of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CecilTheLion?src=hash">#CecilTheLion</a>? <a href="http://t.co/H0BhO28aPq">http://t.co/H0BhO28aPq</a> <a href="http://t.co/l6jzOMJOAD">pic.twitter.com/l6jzOMJOAD</a></p>— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) <a href="https://twitter.com/AC360/status/626228393076461568">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>News that the hunter had been identified as Walter James Palmer prompted angry reactions against him on Facebook and other social media.</p> <p>Investigations show that the killing of Cecil was illegal because the land owner where he died was not allocated a lion on his hunting quota for 2015 – according to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.</p>