TV reporter Melissa Bachman sparks anger after posting picture of lion she shot ‘dead’ on Twitter
A TV reporter has sparked outrage after she apparently shot dead a lion and then boasted about it on Twitter.
Minnesota-based Melissa Bachman posted a photo of the animal, which appears to have been killed, with the caption: ‘An incredible day hunting in South Africa!
‘Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion…what a hunt!’
However, her tweet provoked a furious backlash, with users condemning her as ‘pathetic’ and ‘disgusting’.
She last night made her Twitter account private after a barrage of online criticism.
Her bio reads: ‘I’ve been an avid hunter my entire life & now I’ve turned my passion into a career as a TV producer, host and writer. I’m a hardcore hunter doing what I love!’
Wayne Numan tweeted, ‘you’re pure evil’, while Debbie Fletcher wrote: ‘This is disgraceful, I am so disgusted and sickened.’
Ricky Gervais also shared the photo, noting: ‘Spot the typo.’
Yet sympathisers argued private hunting parks in South Africa raised funds from visitors and tourists that helped support agriculture. It is also unclear whether the animal could have been tranquilized rather than killed.
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