Outrage over woman straddling 100-year-old Galapagos tortoise

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Animal advocates are outraged after a photo showing a woman in a bikini straddling a 100-year-old Galapagos tortoise went viral on the Internet this week. The picture was shared on the “King of Instagram” Dan Bilzerian’s account, as he and his lady friend were stated to be visiting the British Virgin Islands as guests of Sir Richard Branson at Necker Island.

According to The Sun, the famous poker player often posts photos with beautiful women and all the places he likes to travel, but this particular photo set off a firestorm of critical barbs aimed at Bilzerian and his lack of respect for the endangered tortoise. The World Wildlife Fund classifies the Galapagos tortoise as a “vulnerable” species and followers of Bilzerian had no trouble calling the showy social media junkie out over his alleged animal “cruelty.”

One follower told him, “It was disrespectful to sit on that magnificent creature just for a photo to show others.” Another person berated Bilzerian telling him,  “You have money, but no class. You represent everything that is wrong with the world.” Still another comment described the action as “100% it is disrespectful—no need to interfere with nature like that. Just take a photo and move on—but sitting on it? Just shows a lack of class and education.”

Sadly, the remarks and respect for the endangered tortoise didn’t seem to mean anything to Bilzerian. He snarled right back at his critics, telling everyone to “Get off your soapbox, the people working there said it’s fine to sit on them.”

The Daily News reports the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador requests that visitors do not touch or interfere with the tortoises. Their website states people are to “maintain a distance of at least six feet from wildlife to avoid disturbing them, even if they approach you.”

And doesn’t all this just prove – you can’t buy class or dignity!

(Photo Instagram of Galapagos tortoise Dan Bilzerian)

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15 replies
  1. linda says:

    Strange he proclaims “it’s fine to sit on them” and yet the park requests that no one gets no closer than 6 ft. What a POS he is!!!!!

  2. Nancy Raymond says:

    Sorry, I meant to say the workers ONLY care about the money you and your ‘friend’ spend and you proved you can’t cure stupid.

  3. maxiemom says:

    Trash. Pure trash. This POS thinks money can buy anything, but it often shows what filth people are. I doubt anyone working there told him this was okay unless he slipped a lot of money in their hands at the time. I’ve known some rich people who were really good, decent humans, but people like this deserve whatever bad things happen to them.

  4. Michele Longhini says:

    At the risk of enraging more people-here in the US, I have photos of my sisters and I sitting on turtles too at the zoo!!!! Of course this was 50 years ago, but I’m sure that skinny little thing didn’t break to turtles back….

    • linda says:

      Hello? The park specifies not to touch or interfere with the tortoises. If every tourist were to sit on the tortoises back who knows what damage could happen.

    • ellen cottone says:

      Did you ever stop to think of how you, your sister and skinny thing would feel if this turtle just felt like sitting his fat ass on your back? Anytime he felt like sitting his fat ass on your back. Regardless of how you felt about it?
      Well try. Then maybe you can understand enraged people- here in the U.S.

      Incidentally 50 yrs ago you could walk up to a baby seal in alaska and when it looked up and smiled at you you could club it bash its skull then skin it alive. All so your grand ma can ware that fancy seal skin coat.
      Some of us have evolved in the last 50 yrs. You should try it. Your utterly shamfull

  5. rieann says:

    what an asshole gos to show money can’t buy brains and the dumb bitch that sat her ass on it hopw your fake boobs pop

  6. Dorothy Faye Reynolds says:

    Please do not put your stanky asshole on anymore tortoises back. Some one needs to sit their asshole on your face..!

  7. ellen cottone says:

    Sir Richard,
    You should keep better company then a hotel prostitute and some harry ass poker player. creetains like these can bring a knight ….


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