Published: Mon, May 22, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

South African hunter dies after Zimbabwe elephant trampling

South African hunter dies after Zimbabwe elephant trampling

Theunis Botha was leading a group of hunters in Zimbabwe when the group startled a herd of breeding elephants, according to The Washington Post.

Startled, three elephant cows charged the group.

South African hunter Theunis Botha was crushed to death by an elephant.

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

According to News 24, Botha was well known in Zimbabwe and helped recruit Americans for trophy hunting.

On the company's website, Mr Botha is described as a specialist in using hounds to hunt leopards.

Botha was even credited with bringing European-style "Monteria hunts" into southern Africa, the Telegraph reported. A fourth cow stormed them from the side and one of the hunters shot her after she'd lifted Botha with her trunk.

He is survived by his wife and five children.

Simon Sparks wrote: "A legend has fallen but will never be forgotten..." A week later, his remains were found in the carcass of a crocodile shot and killed by local authorities, the BBC reported. Van Zyl, 44, was on a hunt at the Chikwaraka camp in Zimbabwe, when he disappeared on April 7. This method involved large packs of dogs used to drive deer and boar towards hunters who then open fire on the animals. There are many videos and photographs of him with his clients, posing with kills including elephants, buffalo and leopards.

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