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imageFrom Edmonton and Calgary to New York City; from Las Vegas and San Jose to Melbourne, tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical, ‘The Lion King,’ have been selling out  in just the last few days, thanks to the killing by an American dentist of Cecil, the beloved lion of Zimbabwe.

The outrage and outpouring of emotion over Cecil’s death have quickly spread worldwide. The incident has gained much more attention than the killing of unarmed black men by police in America, or the extrajudicial killings happening in many countries with repressive regimes. The incident has produced a new meme and hashtag, ‘LionLivesMatter,’ a take-off from ‘BlackLivesMatter.’

‘The Lion King ‘ is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice along with the musical score created by Hans Zimmer with choral arrangements by Lebo M. Directed by Julie Taymor, the musical features actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets.

The musical debuted July 8, 1997, at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the  same state in which the killer dentist, Walter Palmer, holds his practice.

Today, the show’s producers announced that they are changing the title of the musical from “The Lion King” to “Cecil The King” in honor of the slain lion.

It wasn’t clear whether the title change was a humanitarian/animal activist decision or a financial decision. Ticket prices have reportedly doubled this past week.

Meanwhile, Palmer, whose whereabouts is currently unknown, has sent out feelers to the producers that he would like to sponsor a return engagement of the musical to Minnesota.


imageHARARE, Zimbabwe (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Zimbabwe authorities say that a Minnesota dentist is responsible for slaying one of the country’s most beloved lions.

On Tuesday, The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said in a statement that Walter James Palmer of Eden Prairie, Minn., paid at least $50,000 to track and kill the animal.

The conservation group and Zimbabwe authorities said that Palmer ultimately killed Cecil, a protected lion and one of the most famous animals at the  Hwange National Park. Cecil was fitted with a GPS collar and tracked by the Oxford University research program, according to a statement from Johnny Rodrigues, the chairman for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

Charges of poaching are being readied against Palmer.

Zimbabwe takes its anti-poaching laws very seriously. There is an obscure law in Zimbabwe that gives authorities the liberty to determine the appropriate penalties for those convicted of poaching.

If convicted, Palmer will face a very hefty fine plus extraction of his entire set of teeth. Who says the law doesn’t have teeth?  Or is this a case of “an eye for eye; a tooth for a tooth?”