An elephant crushed to death a well-known South African trophy hunter when it fell on him after a member of the man's party shot the animal during a hunt in Zimbabwe.
Theunis Botha, 51, was killed when the animal fell on top of him during a group hunting expedition in Gwai, Zimbabwe on Friday. A week later his body was found inside a crocodile which had been shot by authorities.
MSN reports that Botha fired his rifle on the charging cows, but a fourth swept in and surprised him from the side. On Friday afternoon, the group stumbled into a group of breeding elephants, which then charged at the group. He also pioneered European-style "Monteira hunts" in South Africa. Scott van Zyl was leading a crocodile hunt in the Chikwaraka camp when he disappeared, the report noted. He specialized in hunting leopards and lions with a roster of hound dogs, according to The Telegraph.
The South African founded his own company, Game Hounds Safaris, and regularly took wealthy tourists on sick game hunts.More news: All eyes on EC's Friday all-party meet on EVM issue
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He is survived by his wife, Carika, and their five children.
His bio on the company's web site says Botha was a native of South Africa, "raised in the ways of the bush and its people".
His website lists various packages available to hunters in Zimbabwe, noting that animals including leopards, giraffes, buffalo and elephants could be hunted. Photos on the page show them grinning and standing over their kills.
Theunis Botha pictured with a dead elephant.