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US hunting tourist sparks outrage; posts photos with dead giraffe

Last updated on: August 05, 2015 10:49 IST
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Sabrina Corgatelli, a university accountant from Idaho, who gleefully posted images of herself on big game hunts is finding herself at the defensive end against online criticism after about the Facebook photos of herself with her kills, including a giraffe, from a recent legal hunt in South Africa.

Sabrina Corgatelli, a keen huntress from McCammon, Idaho, uploaded this image of her posing over a giraffe she shot, one of a stream of unrepentant images of her South African hunting trip. Photograph: Sabrina Corgatelli/Facebook

Sabrina Corgatelli's photos are of the animals she killed during the hunting trip in a private game reserve near South Africa's Kruger National Park.

In one image she poses over a downed giraffe, accompanied with the caption: 'Day #2 I got a amazing old Giraffe. Such a amazing animal!! I couldn't be any happier!! My emotion after getting him was a feeling I will never forget!!!'  

Corgatelli with the elk she hunted down. Photograph: Sabrina Corgatelli/ Facebook

Corgatelli poses over an impala, a breed of antelope, which she described as 'Africa's icon'. Photograph: Sabrina Corgatelli/ Facebook

And despite a stream of obscene and disparaging comments accusing her of animal abuse and heartlessness, the huntress has vowed to continue sharing the images regardless of what her 'haters' think.

Corgatelli has hunted many animals including a menacing looking wildbeest. Photograph: Sabrina Corgatelli/ Facebook

Corgatelli, whose trophies included a kudu, an impala, a wildebeest and a warthog.

But it is the photo of herself posing with a giraffe wrapped around her that appears to have sparked most of the protest online.

The hunting enthusiasts posts have drawn thousands of people to her Facebook pages, leaving comments and posts denouncing her photos and insulting her. Some of the comments threaten her, using violent, profane and misogynistic language.

Corgatelli has received threats online in response to her hunts. Photograph: Sabrina Corgatelli/ Facebook

Outside of hunting, she is a senior accountant for Idaho State University, where she deals with grants and contracts. She has worked there for eight months according to her LinkedIn page.

Sabrina is unrepentant about her South African hunting trip. Photograph: Sabrina Corgatelli/ Facebook

Her prey includes a huge giraffe, a kudu, an impala, a wildebeest and a warthog -- with seemingly more to come.

Corgatelli, who uses the name "italianhuntress" on Instagram, also posted images of her kills there.Photograph: Sabrina Corgatelli/ Facebook

Hundreds of people have protested her actions on the page -- calling her 'deranged' and 'a disgrace to humanity', as well as vitriol too obscene to reproduce.

Corgatelli is pictured above somewhere in the American wilderness. Photograph: Sabrina Corgatelli/ Facebook 

But Corgatelli, who faced objections even before Cecil's death caused international outcry, is unmoved by their complaints.

Corgatelli uploaded this meme from Leonardo di Caprio's starring role in The Great Gatsby, seemingly designed to mock her critics. Photograph: Sabrina Corgatelli/ Facebook

Posting early Friday morning, she said: All you haters, This is for you!! Have a great day, cuz I know I will!!'

It was accompanied by an image of a smiling Leonardo DiCaprio in his role as the Great Gatsby, captioned: 'To all the haters - stay tuned, you're gonna have so much more to be p***ed about.'

Corgatelli, who hunts with a hot pink-trimmed bow, keeps up her posts despite a tide of protest. Photograph: Sabrina Corgatelli/ Facebook

According to her periodic updates, Corgatelli's hunt began on July 24, when she boasted of killing a kudu, an type of African antelope.

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