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Hunter Sabrina Corgatelli Gleefully Poses With Dead Giraffe In Wake Of Cecil The Lion's Slaughter

03/08/2015 14:39 BST | Updated 04/08/2015 16:59 BST

The furore over the illegal killing of a beloved Zimbabwean lion called Cecil has done little to quell this huntress's appetite for the controversial sport.

On 25 July, Sabrina Corgatelli updated her public Facebook page to reveal a picture of herself standing in the crook of a dead giraffe’s neck. The stump of what appears to be an arrow protrudes from the beast.

Idaho-based Corgatelli, who was on a legal two week hunting trip in South Africa, wrote: “Day #2 I got a amazing old Giraffe. Such an amazing animal!! I couldn’t be any happier!! My emotion after getting him was a feeling I will never forget!!!.”

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'I couldn't be any happier!' Sabrina Corgatelli

Corgatelli’s post has been greeted with an avalanche of abuse, with insults ranging from the obscene to pleas for her to explain how she is able to describe the animal as “amazing” and yet take such pleasure in its death.

If the negative publicity is affecting Corgatelli, whose trip was hosted by the Old Days hunting firm in South Africa, she’s not letting on.

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'13 inch wart hog!! What a fun hunt!!! Loving it here!!'

Subsequent excitable posts have seen her posing with a dead warthog, impala, crocodile and blue Wildebeest.

At one point Corgatelli even updated her cover photograph to showcase her giraffe trophy.

It comes in the wake of an outrage sparked by American dentist Walter Palmer, who killed Cecil the lion last month.

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Got my beautiful beautiful Kudu!! It was my #1 want on my list and I got him on the first day!!! Loving it there!!

Zimbabwean wildlife authorities announced that they had suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area favoured by hunters.

Bow and arrow hunts have also been suspended unless they are approved by the National Parks and Wildlife Authority's director.

Zimbabwe is seeking Palmer's extradition from the United States on illegal hunting charges.

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My Impala I got today!! One of Africa's Icon [sic]

When Corgatelli was asked by one Facebook user if she was allowed to kill such animals, she replied: “There are parts of Africa you can’t, but where I’m at it completely legal.”

Corgatelli is reported to have taunted animal rights champions with a post of the giraffe superimposed over a 'meme' of Leonardo DiCaprio holding a cocktail and grinning.

The post, which was later deleted, was captioned: "To all the haters, stay tuned! You gonna hav so much more to be p****d about!"

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Speaking to Carson Daly of the Today Show from South Africa via Skype, Corgatelli said: "When you hunt an animal everyone thinks you are just a cold-hearted killer. It's not that. There is a connection with the animal, but because we hunt them doesn't mean we don't respect them."

She added: "Giraffes are very, very dangerous animals. They could hurt you seriously very quickly."

When asked if she was worried about any possible retribution, Corgatelli replied: "Everything I've done is legal. How can you fault somebody because of their hobbies?"