Swan Dies After Selfie With Tourist

| by Reve Fisher
Woman grabs swan in order to take a selfieWoman grabs swan in order to take a selfie

A tourist reportedly killed a swan after dragging it on a beach to take a selfie.

According to Macedonia Online, a tourist walking along the shore of Lake Ohrid in Macedonia grabbed a swan by its wing in order to take a picture. In the photos, the woman, reportedly from Bulgaria, can be seen dragging the bird along the beach.

After taking the photo, the woman left the bird on the beach, where it “remained motionless.”

Witnesses alleged that the swan did not react to the woman as they are accustomed to not being approached by humans.

On Feb. 12, 2016, two peacocks also died as a result of mishandling by tourists.

According to the South Chinese Morning Post, visitors at Yunnan Wild Animal Park in Kunming, Yunnan, China, picked up the birds in order to take photographs with the animals. Allegedly, the tourists plucked some of the birds’ feathers to keep as souvenirs.

The zoo reported that the animals had died as a result of “violent behavior” from tourists, and are believed to have suffered from shock.

Many residents believe that the zoo should take action to prevent such incidents in the future.

“Why are tourists allowed to have close contact with the wild animals in the zoo?” one person commented in a post on Tencent’s Weibo site, according to the South Chinese Morning Post.

“Without the zoo’s permission, who is allowed to hold the peacocks for photos?” another resident inquired.

“China must set up a database and prevent such low-quality visitors from entering tourist attractions,” someone suggested.

In February 2016, a man was recorded grabbing a shark and holding it down to get pictures.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, a minute-and-a-half video was recorded of a man pulling a shark that had swam up on shore. The animal can be seen trying to escape, but the man held him down so other visitors could take a picture of him.

Eventually, another man took the shark back into a deeper area of the water, where it allegedly didn’t resurface for several minutes.

"Removing a shark from the ocean for the sake of a selfie is highly cruel," Elizabeth Hogan, the U.S. oceans and wildlife campaign manager for the World Animal Protection, said in a statement. "This animal would have been suffocating and unable to breathe the entire time it was kept out of the water."

Sources: Macedonia Online, South Chinese Morning Post, Orlando Sentinel / Photo credit: Macedonia Online

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