WORLD: Notorious South African hunter crushed to death by elephant while hunting it

By Independent (UK)

2017-05-22-08_45_42-3-horace-khorasho-cunninghamA well-known South African hunter has died after he was crushed to death by an elephant which was shot by another member of his group.

Theunis Botha, 51, from Johannesberg, was leading a hunt in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when they stumbled across a herd of elephants, which included pregnant cows.

Three elephants stampeded towards the hunters and Mr Botha opened fire with his rifle, prompting a fourth elephant to storm in from the side and lift him up with her trunk.

The Afrikaans news site Netwerk24 reported that another member of the group fired the fatal shot at the elephant and, as the animal collapsed dead, she fell on Mr Botha.

Simukai Nyasha, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Authority, said the incident happened on Friday at the Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park.

Mr Botha, who leaves behind five children and his wife Carike, is said to have frequently led lion and leopard-hunting safaris with his pack of dogs in southern African countries.

He reportedly also travelled regularly to the US in order to find wealthy customers to take part in trophy hunting.

He worked for the Game Hounds Safaris company, whose website says he pioneered European-style “Monteira” hunts in Africa, where large packs of dogs are used to drive deer and boar towards hunters who then open fire on the animals.

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7 comments

  1. He goes out in search of the rich & famous who pays him a fabulous amount, killing beautiful animals .
    I suppose some other dude is already trained to carry on with the "BUSINESS". One rule for some with
    high powered guns matched with Elephant sized Bank accounts, they will return with their dirty money
    to have their kicks. The 95 year old Zimbabwean boss gets his cut, and the number of the beautiful, one
    by one is reduced till one day the "UNITED NATIONS" steps in and say STOP, enough is enough.
    Which of you have the Balls to Table the Motion?

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  2. Poetic justice at it's bex

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  3. Good job elephant. He is now the hunted dead haha

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  4. How could someone possibly enjoy this as a sport. With all the documentaries and other information out there about how vulnerable these animals are you would think he and his kind would feel better about camping in the bush and protecting them. Well he used to put them down now one has put him down.

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  5. The elephant should have turned around and eat him.

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  6. the hunter became the hunted

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