Elephant Crushes Hunter To Death In Zimbabwe
This is a case of bush meat catching the hunter.
Theunis Botha, has been a master hunter for years but on this particular day, he was beaten to his own game.
He 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, Zimparks spokesman Simukai Nyasha said.
Three of the elephant cows charged the hunters.
He was caught by surprise by a fourth cow that stormed them from the side.
One of the hunters shot the elephant after she lifted Botha with her trunk. The elephant then collapsed on top of Botha, who has five children with his wife, Carike Botha.
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.
Botha was a specialist at hunting leopards with his big game hounds.
He would often travel to the United States to find wealthy customers to take part in trophy hunting in Africa.
Botha’s body was taken to Hwange Colliery Hospital mortuary on Saturday.