Published: Mon, May 22, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Hunter Crushed to Death by Elephant

Hunter Crushed to Death by Elephant

A South African hunter died at a Zimbabwe game park Friday after being crushed by an elephant that had been shot by one of his hunting party.

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

Mr Coetzee, from Bulawayo, was taking pictures of the animals when they charged.

One of the elephants is then said to have picked up Botha with its trunk.

Botha's hunting company specialised in using packs of highly trained, fearless dogs to drive lions, leopards, boar and deer into the path of high paying guests. He also pioneered European-style "Monteira hunts" in South Africa.

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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Botha's body was taken to Hwange Colliery Hospital mortuary on Saturday. He leaves behind five children.

Another friend added: "A legend has fallen but will never be forgotten". Botha rose to become a sergeant in the South African infantry and served in conflict with Angola, the website says, then enrolled at the University of Pretoria.

His backpack was found on the banks of the Limpopo River days later.

Samples taken from the stomachs of two slain crocodiles were later found to match Zyl's DNA.

Many animal rights groups spoke out against the big-game hunting operations in the area, noting the unnecessary dangers.

Theunis Botha pictured with a dead elephant.

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