It's so hard when the Pomeranian has to choose sides.
Jericho the Lion
For Poachers and Hunters
8/3/2015 12:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jericho the lion has a security team to ensure he isn't hunted and killed like his kindred spirit, Cecil.
An official from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force tells TMZ, a research team is monitoring Jericho's every move and are ready to pounce if anything looks suspicious.
Jericho has taken over alpha male duties for the pride, and if he's killed the animals that were once under Cecil's watch will be unprotected in the wild.
Researchers are tracking Jericho as best they can with a GPS device.
A report surfaced Saturday that Jericho was killed, which thankfully turned out to be false.
Officials in Zimbabwe have put a ban on hunting lions around the park in question, and if any poachers are spotted in the area, authorities will take swift action.
Dr. Walter Palmer
Surfaces and Contacts U.S. Investigators
7/31/2015 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Walter Palmer -- the dentist who gunned down Cecil the Lion -- has resurfaced and contacted authorities after days of hiding ... TMZ has learned.
Officials for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tell us a rep for Dr. Palmer contacted them late Thursday.
We're told Dr. Palmer is cooperating with the investigation into Cecil's death, which focuses on an international law governing hunters who move their trophies from one country to another.
Fish and Wildlife have been looking to speak with Dr. Palmer as it conducts its investigation into the killing of Cecil. The U.S. Dept. of Justice is also investigating.
Zimbabwe officials have already said they want to extradite the dentist to face criminal charges in their country.
Cecil the Lion
Zimbabwe Conservation Group to Dentist:
Here's the Drill ...
7/30/2015 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The dentist who killed Cecil the lion can acquit himself by putting down his bow and arrow and picking up a drill.
An official from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force tells TMZ, as much as they condemn what Dr. Walter Palmer did to their beloved lion, they don't think he deserves the torrent of threats that have come his way.
The org has an idea ... that Dr. Palmer should come back to Zimbabwe and provide free dental services to the poor ... a way of repenting for his bad deed. He says it's like community service.
The official says pointing the finger at Dr. Palmer is misguided, because the problem is much larger, adding, "Cecil would not have enjoyed the threats of violence he's getting right now."
What a Feeling
For a German Shepherd in a Hot Car
7/30/2015 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Flashdance" star Jennifer Beals is taking heat for leaving her German Shepherd in a hot car, and the excuse is puzzling.
Beals was in the Dunbar neighborhood of Vancouver Wednesday when she left her pooch in her SUV with the window open only a crack.
A guy happened to notice just as Beals was returning to her car, and he confronted her, saying it was dangerous to leave the dog in the car with the temp at 77 degrees.
Jennifer's response ... "In Dunbar, it's ok."
The incident was reported to the SPCA and their Chief Prevention Officer's response was even more curious: "The sun shines in Dunbar just as much as it shines everywhere else."
I Feel Bad for Cecil the Lion
... And His Killer
7/30/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Meredith Vieira's heart breaks for Cecil the Lion, but she believes the bloodlust for his killer has gone too far.
Vieira was leaving Craig's Wednesday night when she told our photog she feels if Dr. Walter Palmer acted legally (as he claims) then he deserves to be left alone.
As TMZ first reported, things are so bad for Dr. Palmer ... police in his hometown of Eden Prairie, MN have begun doing regular checks on his home and neighborhood ... even though he hasn't requested it.
Cecil the Lion
Gets Police Protection
7/30/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Walter Palmer has been the target of so many threats since news broke that he killed Cecil ... he needs police protection.
Law enforcement in Eden Prairie, MN tell us ... even though Dr. Palmer hasn't requested it, they will be doing regular checks on his home and neighborhood. The alert level is high enough that police supervisors will be involved in the drive-bys.
It's reached a fever pitch, with PETA calling for a hanging.
It's a tricky situation, because protesters have a right to do their thing. Cops say they're on high alert for people who are determined to cross the line.
Dog Mauled to Death by Coyote
7/29/2015 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Demi Lovato's dog Buddy was ripped apart by a coyote ... and she's the one who made the gruesome discovery.
TMZ has learned Demi's dog was torn to shreds Sunday ... after a coyote wandered onto the backyard of her LA home.
Demi was devastated saying, "We are absolutely heartbroken to be writing this but Wilmer and I are devastated to inform you that we lost our little angel Buddy last Sunday. He was taken from us way too soon in a tragic accident."
The pop singer was so stricken with grief she cancelled her "Good Morning America" appearance scheduled for Thursday.
Cecil's Death is Appalling
But How'd that Dentist Score $55k?
7/29/2015 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA legend/vegan crusader John Salley is joining the chorus of celebs who are incredulous over the death of Cecil the lion ... but he raises an issue we haven't heard up to now ... how did a dentist blow $55k to pay hunters to kill the lion?
Salley went on TMZ Live to describe his outrage ...then wondered aloud how much this dentist charges for novocaine.
Cecil the Lion
Bones Will Become a Memorial
7/29/2015 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cecil the Lion did not die in vain ... his remains will be used for an anti-poaching memorial in Zimbabwe ... TMZ has learned.
Johnny Rodrigues from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force tells us the headless corpse of Cecil is still out in the sun ... so vultures and other carnivores can eat the flesh in circle of life fashion.
We're told after the meat is gone ... Cecil's bones will be used to create an anti-poaching memorial in the Hwange National Park, to educate people on the beauty of the beast and the harm that comes from killing them.
Johnny says the plan is for Cecil's head and skin ... which have been confiscated for the criminal investigation ... to become part of the memorial.
Tributes are not confined to Zimbabwe ... the killer dentist's office in Minnesota has been turned into a makeshift memorial.
... For My Mini Horses
7/23/2015 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lisa Vanderpump just built a fabulous new home where her miniature horses can roam in the middle of Beverly Hills. Sorry, deer and antelope ... you're on your own.
LV's pal Mohamed Hadid designed, built and painted a mini barn for the mini horses Lisa just bought for hubby Ken's birthday. We're told Mohamed hammered out the project over 2 weeks ... so the lil' Vanderponies could ball out in true Bev Hills fashion.
He painted it pink because it's Lisa's favorite color -- which is weird, since the horses are Ken's gifts ... but whatever.
Never look a gift horse house in the mouth.
My Little Little Ponies Fly Private!
7/22/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lisa Vanderpump just bought the farm ... or a good chunk of one, anyway -- she's added 2 miniature horses to her backyard petting zoo, and they arrived by private jet ... naturally.
The mini livestock flew in Monday on a customized plane -- 2 seats had to be removed to make it more of a flying barn ... unlimited hay included.
The ponies normally cost $3,500 a pop, but NEIGH -- we're told Lisa got a 2-for-1 deal!
We're told the ponies -- birthday gifts for Ken -- will live in Lisa's yard (new cast members alert!) and share the land with her 2 swans and multiple dogs.
Unlike most Bev Hills brats, LV wants to put these girls to work as therapy ponies at hospitals. They're still nameless for now, but we're told Lisa's friends will get a say.
Brandi is a nice name, no?
Finds Love and ...
His Dog In An Elevator
7/21/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Steven Tyler crashed a couple’s wedding after the newlyweds found his lost Maltese going down in an elevator of their hotel.
Ken Morrison and his wife had just finished taking photos at the Fairmont in Edmonton, Canada when they got in an elevator and spotted Steven's collarless pooch riding solo.
The couple decided to take the dog to the front desk, and when the elevator doors opened -- lo and behold ... there was the Aerosmith frontman holding his other dog ... a Yorkie.
Morrison says Tyler yelled, "OMG. You found my dog!" -- and the groom replied, “OMG! You’re Steven Tyler!" Their reward? A 15 minute chat with the legendary rocker, and photos with him.