Big Game Hunter Dies After Charging Elephant Picked Him Up And Crushed Him

By 05.22.17

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A big game hunter was killed by a charging elephant in Gwai, Zimbabwe and the story is now going viral. Theunis Botha, 51, was out for a walk in Gwai last Friday afternoon when they happened upon a group of female elephants.

Three elephants began to charge them head on, so Botha fired. This triggered a fourth and previously unseen elephant to charge. That female elephant picked Theunis Botha up in her trunk and that’s when another member of the group fired on the female elephant, a fatal shot, and Theunis Botha was crushed to death in the ensuing fall by the elephant.

Throughout his big game hunting career, Theunis Botha has shot elephants, lions, leopards, crocs, and more. He ran a company named Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris and Hounds where he’d take clients out on these safari hunts targeting the rarest species on the planet, and you can see his videos of those hunts on YouTube.

He came from a family of big game hunters and cattle ranchers, and he was a father of 5. Friends and loved ones remember him as a ‘legend’, whereas opponents of big game hunting are using this story as an opportunity to politicize big game hunting.

Comments about his death are about as polarizing as you’d expect, with some people mourning the loss of a friend and legendary big game hunter, and others claiming he got what he deserved.


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