‘Trophy hunters’ get a kick out of killing the largest and rarest animals they can find, and no trophy kill is complete until the hunter gets the traditional photo next to the dead animal.
Unsurprisingly this behavior, and proudly sharing the photo of the event, leads to ongoing protesting, name calling and furious responses by those opposed to this kind of “sport”.
Every once in a while a specific photo goes viral and sparks a heated debate between hunting fans and wildlife/animal welfare advocates. This time it was a photo of the former winner of the “Extreme Huntress” show, Rebecca Francis, after comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted a photo of the huntress with the African gentle giant.
One of the reasons the photo went viral was Francis’ unusual pose with the kill – she lay on the ground smiling alongside the giraffe.
The photo has since been retweeted over 23,000 times and made headlines worldwide, but the huntress claims she killed him in order to “honor his life”.