Mother Elephant Gets Payback On Famous Trophy Hunter In Zimbabwe!

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Hunting big game has sparked a huge ethical debate in recent years, thanks to the news and social media. It’s not that there are more big game hunters than in the past, in fact, there are much less, but platforms like Facebook and Instagram make it easy for a hunter to share their “prize” with friends… and usually, not everyone will be responding with congratulations.

The following story is what happens when karma comes into play in big game hunting and things take a very unexpected turn with these majestic creatures…

Big game hunting or “trophy” hunting is the activity of killing large animals, that are almost always large terrestrial mammals, for meat, other animal by-products, or for sport, so they can hang their innocent heads on their walls. Understandably, not everyone thinks this is a great idea, but that doesn’t make it any less popular.

For the most part, big game hunters are people with thousands and thousands of dollars to throw away on killing exotic animals for a thrill. Animal advocates and conservationists often fight against the “sport”, but some big game hunters argue that it actually helps the environment…


Hunters will argue that big game hunting helps control wildlife populations, but since most big game targets are on the endangered species list, this argument doesn’t go very far. Glenn Kirk of the California-based The Animals Voice, says hunting “causes immense suffering to individual wild animals…” and is “gratuitously cruel because unlike natural predation hunters kill for pleasure…”

Also, despite hunters’ claims that it keeps populations in balance, hunters’ license fees are used to “manipulate a few game [target] species into overpopulation at the expense of a much larger number of non-game species, resulting in the loss of biological diversity, genetic integrity, and ecological balance.” Whatever the case, many people are happy to hear that hunting is losing popularity around the world.

And the environment seems to be doing just fine! However, there is one big difference in hunting today over hunting 20 years ago. Those who do hunt in 2017, are able to show off their “trophy” on social media and many people are quick to take the animals’ side and fight back.

Earlier this year, in May 2017, the 51-year-old was leading a tour group on a hunt in Gwai, Zimbabwe to search for the animals there. The group was looking for other game when they stumbled upon a breeding group of elephants at a game reserve near Hwange National Park Several.

The group of elephants was completely startled by the unexpected visitors and were not welcoming in the least. When some of the hunters shot their pistols, the breeding elephants were frightened and charged directly at Botha and his group of tourists…

The hunters shot at the massive animals in defense, but that only made them even more hostile. One mother elephant was so upset that she lifted Botha up in the air with his trunk and then slammed him to the ground.

The other hunters shot the elephant as many times as they could until the gentle giant fell to the ground to her death. However, she didn’t die in vain, as she took Botha down with her…

When the elephant collapsed to her death, she landed directly on top of the big game hunting king pin, instantly crushing him to death. While one could say, both Botha and Ponzetto died doing what they love, other could say these are clear examples that we should not mess with Mother Nature.

So what do these “accidents” mean for the future of big game hunting? Thankfully, the decrease in numbers of exotic animals has seen a direct correlation with interest in the sport of killing them. Although it’s hard to find sympathy for animal killers, they have families and friends who loved them and didn’t think what they did was wrong at all.