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Now, the professional hunter who accompanied the dentist on the July 1 hunt is speaking out, and he says that “the hunt went wrong from the beginning!”
On Wednesday, Theo Bronkhorst gave a detailed account of the hunt to officials. The Bulawayo native is forbidden from continuing his hunting business which he’s run since 1992, and is devastated by the outrage directed at him for Cecil’s death.
Though, Bronkhorst’s account of the hunt makes it sound like there was a lot of confusion surrounding Dr. Palmer’s trip. He explained:
“When Dr Palmer arrived in Bulawayo, his luggage was missing and I was dashing around looking for it. So we were late getting ready to go. And we were never meant to hunt on the land where this lion was shot. At the last minute I had to divert from a concession [hunting area] about eight miles away.”
Bronkhorst explained that, on the night of July 1, he was accompanied by his son and fellow hunter Zane, the client (Dr. Palmer), and an accompanying scout, saying:
“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. 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.”
What they didn’t see was the collar on Cecil, because he had been tagged as part of a research project run by Oxford University. The four men returned to search for Cecil at dawn the next day, and they didn’t see the collar until after the lion was killed. He continues:
“We got there about 9am, and we found it and it was wounded, and the client then shot it, with his bow and arrow, and killed it. I could not have seen the collar at night. We would never shoot a collared animal. I was devastated, and so was the client, we were both upset, and I panicked and took it off and put it in a tree.”
After Cecil was beheaded and skinned, Palmer was already thinking about taking down more wildlife for his next trophy — this time, an elephant! Bronkhorst continued:
“The client asked if we would find him an elephant larger than 63 pounds, [the weight of one tusk] which is a very large elephant, but I told him I would not be able to find one so big, so the client left the next day.”
The hunter admits he should have taken the animal to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlfe Management Authority. He even revealed how he doesn’t enjoy his profession:
“I don’t want to shoot any animals. I do it because it is the only way I can earn a living.”
What do you think of the professional hunter’s claims?
Ilion made payments of $500 and $300 last year after ‘ransomware’ infected municipal computers, while other US towns dealt with similar attacks
A village in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 last year to keep its computers running after two official-looking emails released malware throughout its system, state auditors said.
The comptroller’s office, which has audited 100 municipal computer systems the past three years, said Ilion’s experience should warn others of the growing threat, which can infiltrate computers and make them inaccessible. The big problem for the village of 8,000 was its financial software.
The tech whizkids over at Spinetics have revealed a handy phone-charging gadget for all the avid cyclists out there. The CydeKick Pro converts a cyclist’s motion into electrical energy for charging phones via USB, as well as powering the bike’s lights. Thanks to the device’s handy USB connectivity, it can also be used to power action cameras, GPSs and the like.
Hyo Joo Kim could not maintain her excellent first round at the 2015 Women’s British Open on Friday, slipping from the top of the leaderboard after hitting a highly disappointing six-over 78, as difficult conditions affected the quality of the play at Turnberry.
Suzann Pettersen carded a three-under 69 to leave her on seven under overall and on top of the leaderboard. Three players are tied for second place on five under.
Here is the leaderboard after Round 2:
Kim struggled throughout Friday, inconsistent on the front nine and disastrous on the back.
Birdies on the third and seventh were both canceled out with bogeys two holes later on the fifth and ninth. A third birdie at the 10th left Kim just one under for the day so far, but thanks to the weather she was still holding the lead:
However, five bogeys in the back nine and a double bogey at the 13th saw the Korean slide rapidly down the leaderboard.
By contrast, Pettersen handled the difficult conditions with aplomb. The Norwegian hit three birdies on the front nine at the second, third and seventh, with a bogey at the sixth providing the only negative in a strong start to the day.
A fourth birdie at the 17th concluded the scoring for Pettersen at three under for the day.
The Women’s British Open’s official Twitter feed shared the progression of her round:
So Yeon Ryu endured a mixed round, hitting four birdies and four bogeys to remain on five under overall.
Lydia Ko salvaged what could have been a devastating round with two consecutive birdies at the 14th and 15th.
After her front nine left her on par for the round, three bogeys in the first four on the back nine threatened to completely derail her tournament, but the 18-year-old showed exactly why she is a high-ranked player in the world and finished only one over for the day.
Golf Digest‘s Ron Sirak noted the weather was a huge factor in determining her score, which the player herself confirmed:
Teresa Lu hit one under on Friday, an impressive feat given the conditions.
Lu picked up two shots in consecutive holes on the second and third, as well as two more in her back nine. Three bogeys pegged the 27-year-old back, but her respectable round ensures she remains in contention heading into the weekend.
If the conditions continue to affect the players over the final two rounds, then whoever can best manage them will likely come out on top. Based on Friday’s evidence, Pettersen appears the most able to do so. Expect her to lead by example on Saturday.
Should the winds cease, it will likely be a much more open contest, though Ko will undoubtedly be the most likely to triumph. The youngster continues to go from strength to strength and can send out a strong message with a first major win this weekend.
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