Tuesday 25 April 2017

'King of Instagram' sparks outrage with picture of bikini-clad woman straddling 100-year-old endangered tortoise

Dan Bilzerian has outraged thousands of followers on Instagram with this picture Photo: Instagram
Dan Bilzerian has outraged thousands of followers on Instagram with this picture Photo: Instagram
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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."

Shoutout to @richardbranson for being rich enough to buy a private island and make it an endangered animal sanctuary

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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.

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