Elephant tramples trophy hunter to death before hunters could take a shot

A trophy hunter, who was permitted to shoot an elephant on a private wildlife area in Namibia known as Farm Mopane, was trampled to death by an elephant from the herd the hunters were tracking.

Five trophy hunters—three Namibians and two Argentinians—were hunting Saturday afternoon when the incident took place 43 miles northwest of the small town of Kalkfeld in Namibia's Otjozondjupa region, according to the Journal du Cameroun, The Namibian and Associated Press.

The victim was identified as Jose Monzalvez, 46, who worked for an oil company in Brazil.

An elephant such as this one charged a group of trophy hunters in Namibia. Photo: Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

One of the elephants from the herd spotted the group from a distance and began charging. Before the fleeing hunters could find a spot to stop, aim and shoot, the elephant caught up to and killed Monzalvez, the Independent wrote.

The family of the trophy hunter has been notified, and the Kalkfeld Police Station has opened an investigation.

Three months earlier, a well-known South African hunter was crushed to death by an elephant that was shot by a member of his hunting group in Zimbabwe, as reported by the Independent:

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.

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