This viral photo has certainly made some animal lovers furious.

The pic in question is of Steven Spielberg posing next to what seems to be a dead dinosaur on the set of Jurassic Park.

Unexpectedly, the response was quite heated and things quickly escalated when internet funny guy Jay Branscomb shared the image on his account with the caption:

 “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.”

And of course, the world took his side and not just as a joke – YES they took it literally.

Instead of finding the humor in his joke, they really assumed that the talented Mr. Spielberg actually did manage to time travel into the past and get this – hunt down a dinosaur and smugly pose next to it for a photo…

Flashing forward to our own reality, where we are well aware that dinosaurs no longer walk beside us, the picture gathered some rather hilarious reactions.

Taken back in 1993 on the first Jurassic Park set, no actual animals were harmed in the production of the film or photo. And somehow, regardless of what might seem obvious to us all, people posted all sorts of nasty comments in the one and only name of animal rights.

“He’s a digesting inhumane p***k. I’d love to see these hunters be stopped..“

“I’m going to boycott all of his movies until he stops this mindless slaughter of defenseless animals. this is an absolute OUTRAGE! i can’t believe my eyes.“

“Steven Spielberg, I’m disappointed in you. I’m not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER.“

“I don’t care who he is he should not have shot that animal.”

Some saw the joke in Jay’s caption and realized the impossibility of the photo:

“Disgraceful. No wonder dinosaurs became extinct.”

“Sickos like this kill every last one of them as soon as they are discovered. He should be in prison.“

“He should be killed instead.”

“Beautiful creature innocently living millions of years ago then this monster comes along.“

“So great to be part of this magnificent thread dedicated to the extinct species of the world …. Namely our brain cells. Get to work people!! Myself included lol.“

Within no time, the photo acquired over 5,000 comments and 30,000 shares regardless of the fact that the Triceratops has been long gone extinct for over 66 Million years.

This of course made Stephen Spielberg the most hated man on the internet for a short while until the glaringly obvious truth was revealed to all.

Jay speedily responded to the unexpected attention he received with apologies and a logical explanation and in true Jay fashion – he posted another image of Stephen Spielberg from the same period of time with the caption:

“Folks, we need your help identifying the vicious shark-killer shown posing with his illegal prey. Sharks are essential to the ecosystem and their waters are protected off the coast of California. If you have any knowledge of this fiend’s identity or whereabouts, please contact authorities immediately.”

I must say, as an avid animal lover, I myself don’t understand hunters killing for sport. I applaud those who actually made the time to defend a dinosaur. After all, there’s nothing out there worse than a callous trophy hunter posing with their kill, with no regard for the poor animal, clearly undeserving of life and respect.

Even though this photo sparked massive outrage between animal lovers, no dinosaurs (or current species for that matter) were harmed, and we can truly agree on one thing – Stephen Spielberg’s films are truly enjoyable!