Big game hunter trampled to death by elephant in Namibia

The elephant charged before the hunting group were able to find a spot to stop and shoot the animal

Monday 14 August 2017 19:09
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Elephants are pictured at Halali in Etosha park, Namibia
Elephants are pictured at Halali in Etosha park, Namibia

An Argentinian man has been killed in Namibia after he was trampled by an elephant, local media report.

The Namibia Press Agency said the hunter, identified as 46-year-old Jose Monzalvez, was killed on Saturday afternoon in a private wildlife area 70 kilometers (43 miles) northwest of the small town of Kalkfeld.

The agency said Monzalvez, who worked for an oil company, was with another Argentine and three Namibians when he was killed. It says one of the elephants charged before the group was able to find a spot to aim and shoot.

The report says Monzalvez had a hunting permit with him and that relatives have been informed of his death.

A well-known South African hunter was crushed to death by an elephant in Zimbabwe earlier this year when the animal was shot by a member of his group.

Theunis Botha, 51, had been leading a hunting group in Gwai when they discovered a group of elephants, some of which were pregnant.

The hunter fired at the animals after three elephants began stampeding towards him. A fourth elephant then ran at the hunter and lifted him up with its trunk. A member of the hunting group then shot the animal, which collapsed on Mr Botha, killing him.

PA

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