This is the moment a female tourist dragged a swan from a lake in Macedonia in order to pose up for a photograph, before leaving it to die on the beach.

The woman, reportedly from Bulgaria, grabbed the unsuspecting swan by the wing and dragged it onto the pebble-strewn shoreline of Lake Ohrid, south-western Macedonia.

When the unidentified tourist had gotten her selfie snap, she abandoned the swan, which later died on the beach of Lake Ohrid, local media reports.

Shocked witnesses have described how the swan did not react to the woman walking up to it, as they are used to the presence of tourists visiting the town of Ohrid, which shares the lake's name.

Photographs show the woman dressed in jeans and a black coat, grabing the swan by the wing and dragging it out of the water.

Despite the visibly distressed swan clearly fighting to be freed, the unidentified woman is smiling for the camera.

Witnesses said the swan 'remained motionless on the beach after the encounter', and later died, Macedonia Online reports.

This woman killed this poor creature because she wanted a vacation photo. How cruel, and how absolutely ridiculous! Animals are not here only for our entertainment, and should never be treated this way!