An American woman is facing a social media backlash after pictures of her with a dead giraffe she killed in South Africa last year began to circulate on Twitter, HuffPost reports.
Last month, @Africalandpost tweeted a picture of game hunter Tess Thompson Talley posing with the dead giraffe.
“White American savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity,” the account tweeted.
White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share pic.twitter.com/hSK93DOOaz
— AfricaDigest (@africlandpost) June 16, 2018
Talley, who is from Kentucky, posted the pictures on her Facebook page last year, according to Fox News.
“Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today! Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite a while,” she wrote according to Fox News. “I knew it was the one. He was over 18 years old, 4000 lbs. and was blessed to be able to get 2000 lbs. of meat from him,” she added.
In South Africa, trophy hunting is legal.
Per HuffPost, she told Fox News in an email that the giraffe she killed was not rare, but was very old.
“The giraffe I hunted was the South African sub-species of giraffe. The numbers of this sub-species is actually increasing due, in part, to hunters and conservation efforts paid for in large part by big game hunting. The breed is not rare in any way other than it was very old. Giraffes get darker with age.”