22-year-old Russian influencer, Alesya Kafelnikova, was slammed on social media after posting a video posing on top of an endangered elephant, naked.
She posted the short clip posing naked in Bali, Indonesia, on top of a “critically endangered” Sumatran elephant, The Sun reported.
The clip, which has since been deleted, was captioned: “Natural vibes.”
Kafelnikova shared a second image, presumably with the same elephant, captioning it: “To love nature is human nature.”
While some expressed their support for Kafelnikova, who is the daughter of former tennis champion and world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov, many of her followers were outraged by the post.
“Poor elephant. Aren't you ashamed to lie naked on an elephant? This is a living creature. Money overshadows everything,” one person commented.
The Sumatran elephant is not native to the Indonesian island and is usually kept for tourism.
A Save The Asian Elephants organization spokesperson told The Sun that the influencer’s photo shoot is “another tragic trivialization of the majestic Asian elephant when the species is fighting for its very existence against brutal abuse in tourism and human 'entertainment.’”
The spokesperson added: “Save The Asian Elephants stands for a ban by law on the advertising and sale of unethical venues where these special creatures are commercialized with beating, stabbing and every kind of torture to break them for easy commercial exploitation – genuine sanctuaries only.”
Kafelnikova responded to the backlash in a post stating that she has been providing financial support to the locals and animals of the village where the photo shoot took place.
She defended herself, stating that she loved Bali and all animals: “If someone does not know I have been doing charity work for many years and one of my last donations was financial support to animals and to local people in the village, in which I took these photos."
She added that she took the pictures and video during a private photo shoot in Bali, where she lives, adding that she never intended to hurt the feelings of the local community.
“I would wish that all those who are so negative will awaken an aesthetic love for my post and you will see the wonderful beauty in it!” she wrote.