Ryan Serhant Was Forced to Defend a Travel Photo After Backlash From Confused Followers

Ryan Serhant Was Forced to Defend a Travel Photo After Backlash From Confused Followers

"Please read," the Sell It LIke Serhant star wrote on Instagram.

By Macy Daniela Martin

Ryan Serhant and his wife, Emilia Bechrakis, are currently experiencing the South African trip of a lifetime. Lucky for us, the Sell It Like Serhant couple has been readily sharing highlights from their bucket-list itinerary on Instagram. From a trip to Boulders Beach to the top of Table Mountain, they've been getting some seriously impressive snaps. But one photo was particularly head turning for some fans... for an unexpected, and unjustified, reason. The photo in question features Ryan with a rhino. And someone scrolling — or trolling — quickly through the 'gram might notice the animal looks unconscious (or worse).

After backlash in the comments from fans who mistakenly thought he was hunting the animal — which couldn't have been further from the truth — Ryan eased tensions with an explicit followup to clarify his caption: "(No animals harmed here at all! Please read)," he wrote. He also noted within the comment section, "OMG do people really think I would kill an animal???"

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Making sure to thank fans for tuning into episode one of his Million Dollar Listing New York spinoff, Sell It Like Serhant, he continued, "I’m keeping this rhino calm while the veterinarian microchips her, so that the anti-poaching team will be able to identify her later on. Emilia got to name her, and she named her Elpida, which is Greek for hope." 

Bechrakis posted even more photos of little Elpida, revealing that she and Ryan decided to sponsor the animal.

"I have been humbled in so many ways on this trip," she wrote. "I cried so much when I saw this magnificent creature. We decided to sponsor the notching and microchipping of a Rhino today. This makes her identifiable to park rangers and caregivers (remarkable people who work tirelessly for FREE) Microchips, notching are a vital steps in securing the rhinos and deterring poaching. We named her Elpida, Greek for 'Hope' More to come on how you can help us join anti poaching efforts."

What a wonderful way to give back while traveling abroad!

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