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

The 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 lion with a compound bow near Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Cecil was killed in early July.

"I've been out of the public eye seeing fam