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Jimmy Kimmel Gets Teary Over Cecil the Lion, Urges Wildlife Donations

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Jimmy Kimmel got emotional on his show Tuesday night while talking about the killing of Cecil the Lion. He then urged viewers to donate to the Wildlife Conservation Unit. (YouTube)

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 03:47 PM

Jimmy Kimmel got choked up while talking about Cecil the Lion’s death Tuesday night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

With tears in his eyes, the late-night host admitted on his show that he was “so relieved” that Cecil’s killer was at first believed to be a Spaniard. "I was like, 'This is terrible but thank God this isn't one of us.'"

Kimmel’s relief was short-lived, however, as the news soon got out that the culprit was American dentist Walter Palmer. "It was one of us. It was a dentist from Minnesota who paid $50,000 to shoot the lion," the comedian lamented.

Palmer allegedly paid off an official at the Hwange National Park to let him kill the well-known lion that wore a tracking collar and was used in University of Oxford research. The Minnesota man lured the 13-year old lion out of the protected area of the reserve and shot him with a crossbow, The New York Times reported. The animal lived for two days until Palmer shot him with a gun.

Since news of the incident broke, Palmer’s office has been closed.

The comedian acknowledged that Palmer may not have known he was breaking the law or shooting a famous lion. Kimmel read a portion of Palmer’s apology on the show. "'I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion,'" Palmer said, Kimmel quoted.

"Why are you shooting a lion in the first place?" asked Kimmel. "I'm honestly curious about why a human being would be compelled to do that. How is that fun?"

Kimmel ended his emotional speech on a purposeful note, urging viewers to give their support to the Wildlife Conservation Unit, who was responsible for tracking Cecil.

Cecil’s death has disturbed other A-listers as well, many of whom have taken to Twitter to express their disgust:









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