'King of Instagram' sparks outrage with picture of bikini-clad woman straddling 100-year-old endangered tortoise
A man who claims he is the 'King of Instagram' has sparked outrage online by posting a picture of a bikini-wearing woman straddling an endangered tortoise.
In the photo, Dan Bilzerian is feeding the 100-year-old Galapagos tortoise while a woman dressed in a skimpy bikini smiles for the camera on Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island.
The species is listed as "vulnerable" by the World Wildlife Fund and Richard Branson's private island is involved in the protection of the ancient creatures.
One horrified follower wrote: "100% it is disrespectful - no need to interfere with nature like. Just take a photo and move on - but sitting on it? Just shows a lack of class and education."
Another user described it as "distasteful", writing: "What an ignorant idiot you are! That tortoise means a lot to our country and in general to the world. Brainless turd."
Dan, who is a wealthy professional poker player, replied: "Get off your soapbox, the people working there said it's fine to sit on them".
The Galapagos National Park in Ecuador asks its visitors not to touch or disturb the reptiles.
According to the park’s website, people are told to “maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from wildlife to avoid disturbing them, even if they approach you,” and to be sensitive about taking pictures.