South African hunter dies after Zimbabwe elephant trampling

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The group had gone for a walk in the afternoon near Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park when three elephants stormed the group, News 24 reported.

A big game hunter was crushed to death by a falling elephant that was fatally shot by one of his party.

Botha is said to have frequently led lion- and leopard-hunting safaris with his pack of dogs in southern African countries. He would regularly take wealthy American clients into the African wilderness to bag exotic animals, with a focus on leopard and lion hunting.

A female elephant like this one crushed a professional big game hunter recently after being shot in the head.

When the animal lifted him up, another hunter in the group shot her. Originating in Spain, these hunts use dogs to scare and drive large animals towards hunters lying in wait.

It is the same park where Cecil the Lion was shot dead by an American hunter in July 2015, sparking an worldwide outcry.

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According to South Africa's Netwerk24, he frequently travelled to the United States to encourage wealthy Americans to go on hunting expeditions in southern Africa.

Past year a local tourist, Mr Stephen Coetzee was trampled to death by a suspected female elephant in Hwange National Park. His website is full of hunting pics, a lot of them of him and his clients posing with dead cats, but there are a few elephants in there as well.

Theunis Botha with trophies from his shoot.

Theunis Botha, 51, died last Friday in Zimbabwe, South Africa's News24 reported, citing Netwerk24.

Theunis had five children and ran Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris.

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