Walter Palmer, who killed Cecil the lion, back to work

Story highlightsWalter Palmer speaks publicly for the first time since uproar over Cecil the lion's deathHe will return to his practice on TuesdayThe 55-year-old dentist will return to his Bloomington, Minnesota, practice on Tuesday, he said. His practice reopened several weeks ago without him.

"I have a lot of staff members, and I'm a little heartbroken at the disruption in their lives," Palmer told the AP and Star Tribune. "And I'm a health professional. I need to get back to my staff and my patients, and they want me back. That's why I'm back."

Palmer has kept a low profile in the six weeks since he was identified by British media as the big-game hunter who killed Cecil the