A group of Chinese tourists are being slammed on social media for mistreating a dying dolphin over the weekend by lifting it out of the water and snapping photos instead of trying to help.
A group of men on Sanya City beach in the southern Chinese province of Hainan found the mammal Sunday near the shore but instead of alerting wildlife officials, they posed for pictures with the bleeding dolphin, flexing their muscles and hoisting it out of the water.
The dolphin later died of "excessive bleeding" from the tail
, Shanghai Daily reported. It may have collided with a fishing boat before becoming stranded, experts said.
The photos of the dying dolphin quickly spread on China's Twitter-like, micro-blogging social site Sina Weibo where users bashed the group of tourists.
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"When even the basic respect of life is lost, I just want to say, how can I be proud of you, China?" one user posted on Weibo.
"China is now filled with people lacking moral values, ignorance, and decreasing civility of the citizens," one person wrote.
"Dolphins, as highly evolved mammals, have an IQ only a little lower than humans. But those people in the pictures are worse than pigs," another commented.
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