YUEYANG, CHINA — Chinese fishermen discovered a critically endangered Yangtze Finless Porpoise dead in a lake in the most barbaric way imaginable.
According to a post on Weibo by Toutiao news, fisherman of Dongting Lake in Yueyang alerted authorities when they came across the dead animal on Thursday.
Photo and video evidence posted by the East Dongting Ecological Protection Association documented an 18-centimeter long slash down the animal's belly, and how a rope with two bricks on the end had been tied to its tail.
The porpoise measured 1.52 meters in length and weighed 43 kilograms.
According to WWF, The Yangtze Finless Porpoise is critically endangered with an estimated population between a mere 1,000 and 1,800.
The Yangtze Finless Porpoise is known for its "mischievous smile" and high level of intelligence comparable to that of a gorilla.