In Zimbabwe, a professional South African big game hunter was killed on Friday after an elephant shot by a member of the group fell. Theunis Botha, 51, had been walking with his friends when three female elephants rushed in front of the men. According to News24, Botha fired his gun, but a fourth elephant approached from the side, and just as another member of the hunting party shot the animal, the elephant collapsed on top of Botha.
The incident occurred near Hwange National Park when the men accidentally came upon a herd of breeding elephants according to Zimparks spokesperson, Simukai Nyasha. The Telegraph reports Botha had been a frequent hunter leading leopard and lion hunting safaris with his pack of dogs. The website Game Hounds Safaris described his hunting method as using “Monteria hunts” in southern Africa. Dogs are trained to track deer and boar and then drive the animals towards the hunters who then shoot. Botha refined the hunting with his large tracker hounds trained to hunt leopards.
Botha would often travel to the United States searching for wealthy Americans to take part in his southern African safaris.
(Photos of game hunter screenshot via News24)
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