Big game hunter killed when crushed by elephant

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.

Theunis Botha had his own company, Game Hounds Safaris.

Safari leader Theunis Botha, 51, came across a herd of breeding elephants while hunting with a group in Gwai, Zimbabwe.

Other hunters offered their condolences over the death of the "world-class houndsman" after Mrs Botha revealed what had happened in a Facebook post.

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A fellow hunter shot her and she collapsed on top of Mr Botha, killing him, South African website News24 reported. One of his associates shot at the cow but it crushed him as it fell, according to the Zimbabwean wildlife authorities.

He routinely travelled to America to drum up business from wealthy businessmen and women to take part in a big game hunting trophy in Africa.

A crocodile was later shot in the area and DNA results of the animal's stomach contents matched the missing hunter, the BBC reported. Van Zyl, 44, was on a hunt at the Chikwaraka camp in Zimbabwe, when he disappeared on April 7. As the Telegraph noted, many villagers in the surrounding areas complained that elephants were eating their crops and disrupting their livestock, and elephants were also responsible for the deaths of tourists.

Botha is survived by his wife Carika and their five children. "Mr Coetzee, from Bulawayo, was taking pictures of the animals when they charged".


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