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A trophy hunter was crushed to death by an elephant someone in his hunting party had shot


A South African trophy hunter died in Zimbabwe at a game park on Friday after being crushed by a dying elephant that one of his own hunting party had shot, Newsweek reported.

Theunis Botha, 51, was walking through the park with three clients when three female elephants charged the group. A fourth elephant grabbed Botha, was shot, and fell down and collapsed on top of the trophy hunter.  

According to Botha's company's website, Botha led Monteria hunts, which are hunts that use packs of dogs to drive game towards hunters who can then kill them. Botha appeared to specialize in hunts for big cats. 

“After hunting for over 35 years, your team gave me a new experience ‘hunting leopards with hounds,’ I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the hunt, it was filled with excitement and adrenaline... Thank you for one of the best hunts I have ever had,” reads a testimonial on the Game Hounds Safaris website.

By virtue of being a trophy hunter, Botha drew a great deal of hatred on social media.

Others offered prayers for his family.

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