Woman pictured sitting on 100 year old tortoise sparks outrage

What was she thinking? A bikini-clad woman has been pictured sitting astride a tortoise.

The problem is that it's a Galapagos tortoise, a protected species and its 100 years old.

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This makes the animal one of the oldest creatures on Earth.

Members of the public have taken to social media to express their unhappiness with the image.

600 lb, 100 yr old Galapagos tortoise, what an awesome animal

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Comments include: 'completely irresponsible' and 'repulsive'.

One wildlife expert says: "These are incredibly rare animals. You should not be riding on its back. You could injure it, you could stress it out."

The image was posted by a man known as the 'King of Instagram', professional poker player, Dan Bilzerian.

He's since hit back at critics of the image, saying: "Get off your soapbox, the people working there said it's fine to sit on them."

Baby zoo animals around the world
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Baby zoo animals around the world

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This six-month old baby Western Lowland Gorilla is seen here enjoying the spring sunshine with her mother at Dublin Zoo.


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