Elephants Charge At Hunters After They Shoot One Of The Herd From Close Range
A video has surfaced online of a herd of elephants charging at hunters after they shot a member of the herd from close range.
In the footage, one of the hunters can be heard saying 'hit it between the eyes', as another takes aim.
The man then fires two shots at the elephant and the other hunter adds a third as the elephant collapses to the ground.
At this point, other elephants in the herd begin charging towards the hunters and trumpeting as they quickly retreat and yell in panic.
The hunters can be heard saying 'fucking hell' and 'fuck me' as they make good their escape from the cowardly attack, before laughing giddily having made it to a safe distance from the herd.
The video was shot around three to four years ago at the Nakabolelwa Conservancy in Namibia, according to big game hunter Corné Kruger.
Kruger, who owns Omujeve Hunting Safaris, said hunting had benefited the local economy and that only a limited number of elephants is hunted each year.
Speaking to News 24, he said: "I don't know why it only surfaced now.
"There is a small quota of elephants in the area and we only hunt two elephants a year.
"We employ 12 people from the community, some of them as game guards. The funds go to conservation and fund anti-poaching units."
In Kruger National Park in South Africa, 58 elephants were poached between 1 January 2018 and 31 August 2018, according to News 24.
Earlier this year, a rhino poacher died at the national park after being trampled by elephants and eaten by lions. Four other men involved in the poaching told police that the man had been trampled by elephants and days later authorities recovered some of his clothes and his dismembered head.
The national park's managing executive, Glenn Phillips, said: "Entering the Kruger illegally and on foot is not wise as it holds very many dangers and this incident is clear evidence of that.
"It was very sad to see the daughters of the deceased man mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains."
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