Daughter of hunter crushed by elephant posts dead animal tribute

Daughter of hunter crushed by elephant posts dead animal tribute
Photos show her grinning over her glassy-eyed victims (Carmen Botha / Facebook)

The daughter of the big game hunter who was killed after a shot elephant fell on him has posted a tribute to him on Facebook - showing her with slaughtered animals.

Theunis Botha, 51, was picked up by a female elephant which appeared enraged that the hunters had interrupted her breeding herd. A fellow hunter shot her and she collapsed on top of Mr Botha, crushing him to death.

Carmen Botha, 21, uploaded the photo showing her clasping a rifle with her father, as they crouch and gloat over their gazelle victim.

Other photos show what appears to be her with hunting trophies, including pigs and monkeys.

Mr Botha was notorious for his hunts, which included picking off animals including leopards and lions.

He regularly took wealthy clients on 'Monteria' hunts - where packs of dogs are used to drive panicked animals towards the hunters, who then open fire on the helpless beasts.

It's not believed his hunting party was looking for elephants to kill - but the elephants turned the tables on the hunters.

The hunt that killed him took place on Friday afternoon, The Telegraph reported. He was leading the group through Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park when they accidentally disturbed the breeding pack.

Three elephants ran at the group from the front, and Mr Botha opened fire. However Mr Botha didn't see a fourth pachyderm coming from the side.

It picked him up with her trunk, and another hunter shot it.

But the elephant got its dying revenge, as it fell on Mr Botha, leading to his death.

Zimbabwe has a lucrative hunting market, with wealthy trophy hunters paying tens of thousands of dollars to score big-game kills. Proponents say the money is used for much-needed conservation efforts.

The issue made headlines in 2015 when Cecil the lion was shot with an arrow and then a rifle by dentist Walter Palmer.


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