A Brazilian couple that dyed a local waterfall blue to reveal they’re having a boy has come under fire, so much so that they have deleted pics of the occasion.
The unidentified couple initially shared their gender-reveal party on social media, posting pictures of the colored Queima-Pé River waterfall. Then came the backlash, with multiple responses accusing them of an environmental crime.
In fact, residents who live near the Queima-Pé River fear that the water has now become contaminated, as relayed by the New York Post.
Parents Slammed for Gender Reveal Waterfall
And they aren’t the only ones.
No less than the secretary for the environment of the state of Mato Grosso released a statement saying that the parents-to-be are being investigated.
“The inspection will investigate the environmental damage caused by the material thrown into the water,” the statement read. “If there is an environmental crime, those responsible will be charged and may be held accountable for an environmental crime.”
Environmental engineer Vanessa Costa was a bit more direct in her comments.
“Congratulations…you will be the parents of a beautiful environmental crime,” she wrote.
The Municipal Environment Department is now monitoring the case.
‘The inspection will investigate the environmental damage caused by the material thrown into the water,’ Environment Secretary for the state Mato Grosso said in a statement.
‘If there is an environmental crime, those responsible will be charged and may be held accountable for an environmental crime.’
A man who was reported as being responsible for dying the waterfall has denied that chemical products were used t produce the blue color. The waterfall is 59 feet high and is located six kilometers from the center of Tangara da Serra. It is actually a famous destination for tourism.