Elephant Hunter Trampled to Death by Angry Elephant

Trophy Hunter Killed by Elephant

Trophy Hunter Killed by Elephant

I ask you, does the man in this picture resemble a person who is trophy hunting to protect a species? The whole idea is an oxymoron. But the picture says a lot to me. That is not the face of a man who is trying to protect a species but the face of a man who is proud of his “man-hood,” as a conquerer of a majestic and iconic species.

A trophy hunter who was leading a guided group to hunt an elephant for its tusks was trampled to death by a young bull elephant in Zimbabwe. For a story like this, one would probably assume that we would take some sort of almost celebratory stance in the face of a hunter finding himself the hunted, but we’re kinda not gonna go there. A man is dead, elephants are being hunted for trinkets and the entire thing pretty much blows.

The facts are these. Ian Gibson took a group of American hunters out in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley in the hopes of shooting a young bull elephant he’d been tracking. According to a statement written on AfricaHunting.com, the group came close to the elephant in the hopes of assessing his ivory when the elephant went into full charge and knelt on Gibson, crushing the hunter. [FULL STORY]