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Elephants Charge At Hunters After They Shoot One Of The Herd From Close Range

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.

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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.

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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.

The cowardly hunters ran away after shooting the elephant from point blank range. Credit: Twitter
The cowardly hunters ran away after shooting the elephant from point blank range. Credit: Twitter

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.

The elephant collapsed to the ground after being shot three times by the hunters. Credit: Twitter
The elephant collapsed to the ground after being shot three times by the hunters. Credit: Twitter

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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Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: World News, Animals, Nature

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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