A man who was hunting an elephant died after being trampled by the elephant he was trying to kill. He was looking for a good spot to shoot the elephant when she spotted him.
The Argentinian man identified as 46-year-old Jose Monzalvez, was killed on Saturday afternoon in a private wildlife area for which he had a permit to hunt.
The Namibia Press Agency revealed that the big-game hunter was with a small group when the elephant spotted the hunters from a distance and charged at them. The elephant was taken down by others in the group after they found a spot to aim and shoot.
The man becomes the second hunter killed by elephants this year. A well-known South African hunter was crushed to death by an elephant in Zimbabwe earlier this year when the hunter and his group came across a group of pregnant elephants.
The well-known South African hunter Theunis Botha, 51, fired at a group of elephants stampeding toward him when an elephant lifted him off the ground with its trunk. A member of the hunting party shot the elephant, and it fell on Botha, crushing him to death.
The World Wildlife Fund lists African elephants as “vulnerable”. There are an estimated 415,000 now living in the wild, down from 3 million to 5 million a century ago because they are hunted.