When Jose Monzalvez set out to shoot at a heard of elephants in Namibia, he did not imagine that he would be the one to end up dead. But fate had a different plan for him, as the hunter quickly became the hunted when his prey turned on him.
As the hunter was readying himself to shoot and complete his deadly mission, the tables were turned on him and as one of the giant animals got loose from the herd and angrily headed in his direction. Before the hunter could get away, he was trampled to death.
The elephant was angry after noticing that the hunter was out to take one of them down. It was then that it charged in his direction as the 46-year old hunter was getting himself ready to shoot and killed him instead.
The Argentinian hunter had gone on an expedition on Saturday near Kalkfeld in Namibia when he encountered the fatal attack.
He worked for an oil company, and he had gotten a hunting permit and was hunting the elephant in a private wildlife area.
When the that cost him his life took place, the big game hunter was in the company of another Argentinian and three Namibians.
However, this is hardly the first time such an incident has taken place. In a similar incident, which took place earlier, a popular big game hunter, Theunis Botha, was picked up by an elephant with its trunk before being dropped. The giant creature then fell on him. Obviously, he could not survive the assault.
Sadly, in both of these cases, the hunters were under the protection of the law. Hunting is still legal in some countries, and people who desire to shoot animals for their own amusement regularly get permits that allow them to do so.
Even today, when the elephant population has dramatically dwindled due to poaching and hunting, elephant hunting is still legal in some countries.
But things can easily get out of hand, as was the case here. Poachers who go after these animals face similar risks as well. Several poachers have over the years gotten serious injuries and even lost their lives to animals such as elephants while trying to kill them.
For instance, a poacher in India was trampled to death by an elephant while his colleague managed to survive the dangerous attack, although he got away with very serious injuries.
Many animals lose their lives to legal hunting as well as poaching all around the world. The problem might have something to do with the fact that many elephant species are not categorized as endangered.
There are even hunters who argue that the hunting industry helps to raise money for conservation efforts if that even makes sense. In many parts, elephant conservation efforts are being made to ensure that the elephant does not become endangered as many other animals have due to poaching and other human activities.
But what can we learn from this story and others like it? If you don’t want to become a fatal victim to a giant 13,000-pound creature, then it is best not to try to kill it.