In an act of poetic justice, a 51 year old veteran hunter was killed by the very animal he set out to slaughter.
Theunis Botha had been a big game hunter for nearly 30 years. He’s set up private hunting ranches in Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and more. Botha was leading a group of hunters at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe Friday afternoon, when they came upon a breeding herd of elephants.
Three female elephants charged the hunters and Botha opened fire. However, a fourth elephant rammed him from the side, lifting him with her trunk. A fellow hunter fired a shot, hitting the elephant, which subsequently collapsed on top of Botha.
Botha’s body was taken to Hwange Colliery Hospital. His remains will be brought back home for burial this week.
Botha’s death comes just weeks after his friend, and fellow hunter, was killed by crocodiles during a hunting expedition in Zimbabwe.