Theunis Botha, 51, was on a hunt in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when his group was charged by four breeding elephants.

A female elephant picked up Botha in her trunk after he fired at the others and collapsed on top of him – crushing him to death – after she was shot by another hunter.

Heartbroken friends described the married father-of-five as a “legend”, while opponents of big game hunting offered little sympathy following his passing.