Theunis Botha (51), hunter and safaris organizer, dies after being crushed by the elephant that one of his clients had just killed
South African (SNC) – Theunis Botha, a figure known in the world of hunters and African safaris, died last Friday in Zimbabwe during an elephant hunt.
Theunis Botha, 51, was hunting with a group in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when they fell on a herd of farmed elephants.
They quickly started shooting, according to News 24 , scaring the animals. The animals began to charge in their direction.
A member of his group fired at the elephant. The animal, mortally wounded, fell on Botha, crushing it to the death.
Botha lived in South Africa where he left a wife and five children.
Botha was a recognized hunter. He had frequently led hunts to lions and leopards. He had often traveled to the United States to “recruit” wealthy Americans to participate in hunting he organized in Africa.
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