Professional hunter crushed to death by falling elephant

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Theunis Botha, 51, led hunters in Zimbabwe when they came across a group of elephants, including several pregnant ones, according to The Telegraph. His website is full of hunting pics, majority of him and his clients posing with dead cats, but there are a few elephants in there as well. Another elephant charged at Botha and grabbed him with her trunk.

Afrikaans news site, Netwerk24, reported that another member of the group fired the fatal shot which caused the elephant to collapsed and in the process fall on Botha.

A man has been crushed to death by an elephant he had been hunting in Zimbabwe last Friday.

The South African specialised in big game safaris and often took wealthy foreigners on hunts for lions, leopards and other animals after founding his own company in the 1980s.

Three elephant cows stormed the group and Botha reportedly began shooting at them.

The hunt that killed him took place on Friday afternoon, The Telegraph reported.

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"A legend has fallen but will never be forgotten", one user wrote. A week later his body was found inside a crocodile which had been shot by authorities.

Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris started as a small operation in the early 1980s run by Botha's family, who settled near Kruger National Park in the sparsely populated northeastern region of South Africa, according to the company's website. This involves large packs of dogs which are used to drive deer and boar towards hunters who then shoot the animals.

The Washington Post noted that a friend of Botha's died in April after disappearing while leading a hunt using tracking dogs.

Theunis Botha pictured with a dead elephant.