The American dentist who killed and beheaded a protected lion in Zimbabwe reportedly wanted to shoot and kill a elephant, too, according to a local hunter hired to help track one down.
Theo Bronkhorst, who assisted Dr. Walter Palmer in slaying Cecil, pleaded not guilty in a Zimbabwean court on Wednesday for “failing to prevent an unlawful hunt.” On Thursday, he spoke to The Telegraph, and gave a detailed account of the killing.
We set off quite late, with the sun down, and found the carcass of an elephant which we dragged and moved into the long grass and used for bait,” he said. “We then established the ‘tree blind’ [a camouflaged hide made of tree branches and grass].
Once we were established, and it was quiet, we first saw a lioness go past. And then a huge male – Cecil – came into view behind her. He was a magnificent animal.
The client then fired using a bow and arrow, and it went away into the long grass. This was about 10 pm. Read more…