Big game hunter killed after shot elephant falls on him

Big game hunter crushed to death by elephant he had just shot and killed

Mr Thiunus Botha, whose age could not be immediately established, was on a hunt with a client when he met his fate at Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park. Botha's specialty - if that's what you want to call it - was using hounds to hunt leopards and lions.

Theunis Botha, 51, was a well known hunter from Johannesberg in South Africa. A hunter in his group shot and killed the elephant but the animal fell in such a way that crushed Botha as well.

On Friday afternoon, Botha was leading a hunt in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when they stumbled upon a herd of mating elephants.

Three elephant cows are said to have run at the hunters from one flank and a fourth grabbed Mr Botha with its trunk.

Netwerk24 has learnt that Botha was a well-known hunter in Zimbabwe and often travelled to the USA to recruit wealthy Americans for trophy hunting in Southern Africa.

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According to Netwerk24, the hunter was identified as 51-year-old Theunis Botha of South Africa.

Botha was a pioneer of Monteira hunting, in which packs of dogs are deployed to chase deer and boar towards hunters.

DNA samples taken from contents found in the stomachs of two crocodiles that were shot during the search matched Mr Van Zyl.

Theunis Botha was survived by his wife, Carika, and their four children.

Mr Coetzee, from Bulawayo who was in company of his brother, Christian and a female friend was killed as he tried to take pictures of the jumbos.

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