South African hunter dies after Zimbabwe elephant trampling

Big game hunter crushed to death by elephant he had just shot and killed

Well, we have another hunter-related death, as a South African hunter was crushed to death by an elephant after the elephant was shot. His website is full of hunting pics, majority of him and his clients posing with dead cats, but there are a few elephants in there as well. But a fourth elephant charged and lifted Botha by her trunk.

As the elephant collapsed after being shot, it fell on Botha, crushing him to death.

The website for his business Game Hounds Safaris says he "embraced his heart's passion and engaged in full time big game hound safaris in and around South Africa".

News24 writes Botha was a well-known hunter in South Africa and often travelled to the United States to recruit wealthy clients for trophy hunting. He specialized in hunting leopards and lions with a roster of hound dogs, according to The Telegraph.

News 24 reports that four elephants charged the group.

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According to Netwerk24, the hunter was identified as 51-year-old Theunis Botha of South Africa.

Botha's body was taken to Hwange Colliery Hospital mortuary on Saturday. Van Zyl, 44, was on a hunt at the Chikwaraka camp in Zimbabwe, when he disappeared on April 7.

He leaves behind a wife and five children.

His backpack was found on the banks of the Limpopo River and two crocodiles were shot during the extensive search for Van Zyl.

Critics of big game hunting responded with little sympathy.

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