An iconic South African big game hunter was crushed to death Friday afternoon after a shot elephant fell on top of him. The news of his death is obviously difficult to hear if you are a friend or family member. But to some anti-hunting activists, this was an opportunity to celebrate how ironically he passed; many calling it karma.
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Theunis Botha was leading a hunting group in a national park located in Gwai, Zimbabwe when they came across a herd of breeding elephants. The hunters apparently surprised the massive animals, resulting in them charging towards Botha and his group, according to a South African publication.
Botha began shooting at the charging animals, according to News 24. The 51-year-old was thrown into the air by one elephant, and another elephant shot by one of the other hunters then fell on top of Botha as he lay on the ground.
It was reported that Botha and his group all had a 10-day hunting license in Zimbabwe’s largest national park. Botha is survived by his wife Carika and their five children, all who live in Tzaneen, South Africa.
It wasn’t long until news of his death spread throughout the world resulting in differing opinions from commenters. Some took the opportunity to remember a friend, while others saw it as a chance to pass judgment and make heartless remarks..
Some Facebook users commenting on Botha’s company page didn’t hold back any punches when discussing the well-known big game hunter’s death.
“The world is a better place now that Theunis Botha is dead. I am glad that his wife was able to witness the piece of garbage being crushed. Poetic justice. Maybe the wife will be next.” Facebook user Bill Harvey wrote.
It wasn’t long until the hate bandwagon picked up and began going full force. “Little men with tiny brains and big guns destroying beauty. Nature struck back and ended one of them. Nature won this round,” another user commented.
While you may not agree with his chosen profession and hobby, to wish ill will towards the mourning members of the family is despicable. He was licensed and within his rights to hunt there, earning a living for his family. This wasn’t just the loss of a hunter; this was the loss of a son, a husband, and a father.