A big-game trophy hunter was killed in South Africa last week after coming across a herd of elephants.
Theunis Botha, 51, died last Friday in Zimbabwe, South Africa’s News24 reported, citing Netwerk24. According to the Huffington Post, Botha was walking with a group of hunters when they came across multiple breeding elephants. The group of elephants charged the hunters. Botha allegedly responded by opening fire on the large mammals.
One elephant lifted Botha up with its trunk. Another hunter shot the animal, and it collapsed and fell on Botha. Both the elephant and Botha died as a result.
Simukai Nyasha, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Authority, told the Independent the incident happened at the Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park. The national park is known for its elephants.
The hunt was legal. According to CNN, controlled hunting is legal in Zimbabwe.
Trophy hunter and booking agent CJ Prinsloo confirmed the death of his “fellow professional hunter, outfitter and friend” on his company’s Facebook page. The post was soon removed after an onslaught of negative comments.
Botha was based in South Africa. The website for Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris said he specialized in leopard and lion hunting using hounds. Botha’s YouTube page is filled with videos that depicts hunts of buffalo, crocodiles, lions and elephants.