The latest development in the 'wildlife selfie trend' has resulted in yet another pointless casualty.
The animal in question this time around was a swan, which was pulled out of Ohrid lake in Macedonia by a tourist seeking the perfect photo op.
According to sources, the woman was part of a larger traveling group from Bulgaria and drew attention from her peers when she stepped into the lake, grabbed the bird by the neck before striking a pose for the camera.
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Macedonia Online also claims that, "According to witnesses, the swan itself didn't react to the Bulgarian woman's approach, as they are very peaceful and used to no one bothering them."
After the woman's forceful act, the swan apparently laid motionless on the beach before passing away shortly thereafter.
Unfortunately, this disturbing occurrence isn't an isolated incident. Last month, tourists at a Chinese zoo killed two peacocks while trying to snap a photo, while a baby dolphin in Argentina died after beachgoers dragged it ashore for a group picture.
Animal rights activists have been speaking up online in response, voicing their frustrations and concerns over the growing trend.
While these events are tragic there are still some individuals who can restore our faith in humanity. One zookeeper in Pittsburgh risked his life by jumping into freezing water to save one of the zoo's resident ostriches.
See the heartwarming video below:
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