Many are celebrating the ironic death of famous South African trophy hunter Theunis Botha, 51, who was crushed by an elephant after it was shot by a member of his hunting party in Zimbabwe.
According to news reports, the party Botha was leading came upon a herd of breeding elephants at the Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park on Friday. Frightened by the hunters, the elephants stampeded, and Botha shot at three females before a fourth charged the group from the side and lifted Botha up with her trunk. A member of Botha’s party fatally shot that elephant, which fell on top of him, crushing him to death.
Botha’s wife and five children did receive some sympathy on social media, but most of the comments celebrated the fact that he’d been killed by one of the creatures he was hunting.
Many users offered their condolences… for the elephant.
— Cocoa Swann (@CocoaSwann) May 22, 2017
@NYDailyNews Thoughts and prayers…to the family of the elephant
— sarah apfel (@apfel_sarah) May 22, 2017
@BBCWorld I'd rather the media write a headline from the animal's perspective. Elephant subdues killer before succumbing to injures.
— John Smith (@JS_717) May 22, 2017
That's so sad. For the elephant that is. https://t.co/xMDKF27SuM
— Taylor Nicole Dean (@taylorndean) May 22, 2017
— CommonSensei (@quarklesparkle) May 22, 2017
Botha often took wealthy American customers on his hunting expeditions, according to reports.
According to a memorial from his company, Big Game Hounds Safaris, Botha “perfected Leopard and Lion hunting safaris with hounds in Africa.” He was also lauded as a pioneer in “traditional European Style Driven Monteria hunts in South Africa,” in which dogs are used to drive animals toward the hunters.
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