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Hunter returns Cecil the lion's remains to Zimbabwean police

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A guide is charged with poaching after helping an American dentist hunt down Cecil, a lion pictured here in Hwange, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst faces poaching charges after helping Walter Palmer shoot and kill Cecil the lion.ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst faces poaching charges after helping Walter Palmer shoot and kill Cecil the lion.

Walter Palmer is pictured posing with another trophy lion he hunted in 2005.trophyhuntamerica.smugmug.com

Walter Palmer is pictured posing with another trophy lion he hunted in 2005.

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The remains of Cecil, one of Zimbabwe’s oldest and most well-known lions, has been handed over to local authorities.

Theo Bronkhorst, the hunter who helped a vilified Minnesota dentist bag a leading member of the park’s pride, gave up the head and skin before it could be trophied, according to the UK’s Telegraph.

Walter Palmer, pictured here, says he killed Cecil, a lion at the top of its pride in a Zimbabwe national park, with a bow and arrow.facebook

Walter Palmer, pictured here, says he killed Cecil, a lion at the top of its pride in a Zimbabwe national park, with a bow and arrow.

HUNTER WALTER PALMER LACKS MORALS

An attorney advised Bronkhorst to give up Cecil’s remains, which otherwise would have been cured, taxidermied and then shipped back to the United States.

“I advised my client to hand over the head and skin of the dead lion to the police as soon as he gets back to Bulawayo,” Givemore Mvhiringi told the Telegraph.

Bronkhorst, who co-owns Bushman Safaris alongside his wife, also faces poaching charges after allegedly failing to stop Walter Palmer from luring Cecil out of the protected park to kill with a bow and arrow.

He is slated for an Aug. 5 trial, according to Reuters.

WALTER PALMER IS THE REAL BEAST

Palmer paid $ 50,000 to hunt a lion and claims to have believed his guides had acquired permits.

The U.S. Department of Justice is now deciding whether it will help Zimbabwe officials in their investigation of Palmer and extradite the dentist.

In the wake of Cecil’s death, park authorities fear vicious killings will run rampant among the lion pride as other males vie for authority.

Cecil’s offspring will likely fall victim to infanticide during that struggle.

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