Hunter Killed After Shot Elephant Falls Over And Crushes Him
Humanity, in plenty of ways, has had a profoundly negative impact on wildlife. From throwing them into volcanoes to overzealously feeding them when we shouldnt, its not surprising that animals sometimes decides that theyve had enough, and fight back.
Big game hunter Theunis Botha reportedly learned this lesson the hard way. Stalking all over the Zimbabwean village of Gwai, his colleagues stumbled across a spawn herd of elephants. Spotting security threats, the elephants then charged at the group, and Botha fired off a shot or two.
Ambushing him from the side, one of the elephants charged towards him, and lifted him up in the air with her trunk. Another hunter shot the elephant, hoping that it would fell Botha and flee. The shoot provide proof fatal, however and as the elephant collapsed, Botha fell beneath it and was subsequently crushed to death.
Big play hunting is controversial for several obvious reasons. Although some argue that there are some ecological benefits to carefully overseen hunting, in reality, most of it involves helping to wipe out extremely vulnerable species, which is undoubtedly a awful thing to engage in. Sure, poaching is far worse, and habitat demolition does not help, but legal hunting is only exacerbating things further.
On a very basic degree, the fight is unjust: these rather majestic animals are not expecting humen to sneak up on them, and when they do, theyre armed with long-distance rifles, automobiles and sometimes a helicopter. Theres nothing dignified about killing a harmless animal for athletic, specially when the report is stacked so heavily against it.
This fatality, if anything, shows that wildlife shouldnt be underestimated. If people decide to try and kill them, theyre going to withstand and sometimes, theyll score a win, even in death it seems.
Botha, from South africans, was reportedly a well-known hunter in the region, and he often ventured to the US to encourage high-income Americans to join in on the athletic. He was often understood hunting with his dogs.
His demise isnt the first hunt-related fatality this year. One of Bothas pals, Scott van Zyl, was on the search from some big game trophies in Zimbabwe back in April when he was attacked and eaten alive by crocodiles on the banks of the Limpopo River.