A South African big-game hunter was crushed to death by the same elephant he and his group were hunting.
Theunis Botha, 51, was leading a group of hunters on state-owned land in the Gwayi region of western Zimbabwe on Friday when they disturbed a breeding herd and were charged by four female elephants. One picked Botha up with her trunk and a fellow hunter shot her dead. When she collapsed, she crushed Botha and fatally injured him.
Simukai Nyasha, the spokesman for Zimbabwe’s parks and wildlife management authority, confirmed the death.
Botha led regular “trophy hunts” for clients, often hunters from America, who’ve paid thousands of dollars to shoot leopards, giraffes, elephants and other animals. Botha’s website says he began leading hunting safaris on private ranches in 1989, operating in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia. He previously served as a sergeant in the South African infantry.
The deaths occurred in the same park where Cecil the Lion was shot dead by an American hunter in July 2015, sparking an international uproar.