A South African big game hunter died after being crushed by an elephant cow that had been shot on a game reserve in Zimbabwe at the weekend. Theunis Botha, 51, was leading a hunt with clients when the group accidentally walked into the middle of a breeding herd of elephants at the Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park late on Friday afternoon, Zimparks spokesman Mr Simukai Nyasha said.
Three of the elephant cows charged the hunters. Mr Botha fired a shot from his rifle but he was caught by surprise by a fourth cow that stormed them from the side, the Afrikaans news site Netwerk24 reported. One of the hunters shot the elephant after she lifted Botha with her trunk.The elephant then collapsed on top of Mr Botha, who has five children with his wife Carike Botha.
Mr Botha was a highly regarded houndsman and frequently led leopard and lion hunting safaris with his pack of dogs. The website of his company Game Hounds Safaris says he pioneered traditional European-style “Monteria hunts” in southern Africa. In Monteira hunts large packs of dogs are used to drive deer and boar towards hunters who then open fire on the animals.
Killing for the sake of killing…