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Kentucky Hunter Defends Killing Rare Black Giraffe

Kentucky Hunter Tess Thompson Talley Defends Killing Rare Black Giraffe
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Jul. 3 2018, Updated 9:29 p.m. ET

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A Kentucky woman who was slammed online after posting pictures posing with a giraffe she shot and killed is now firing back at her critics.

Tess Thompson Talley found herself in the middle of the firestorm, after she shot and killed a rare black giraffe in South Africa and then posed for photos with the animal’s carcass. But in an email to Fox News, Talley defended herself.

“The giraffe I hunted was the South African sub-species of giraffe. The numbers of this sub-species is actually increasing due, in part, to hunters and conservation efforts paid for in large part by big game hunting. The breed is not rare in any way other than it was very old. Giraffes get darker with age,” said Talley, in an email to Fox News.

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She then explained that the giraffe she killed was 18, too old to breed, and had already killed three younger, healthier animals. So according to her, the kill helped save and even increase the giraffe population.

“This is called conservation through game management,” said Talley.

As Radar reported, reaction was swift after AfricLand recently posted on twitter the year-old shots of the Kentucky resident cradling a gun by the dead giraffe.

“White American savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity,” read the publication’s tweet.

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