Elephant fatally tramples hunter

By Drum Digital
17 April 2015

A professional hunter was killed by an elephant bull while guiding an elephant hunt in Chewore North, in the lower Zambezi Valley.

Ian Gibson and a client had been on the tracks of an elephant bull at Chifuti Safaris. They stopped near the animal and Gibson established that the elephant was in musth, a period of hormonal change that typically makes the animal more aggressive. However, he continued to track it until they were around 50 to 100 m away.

The elephant then "instantly turned and began a full charge" towards the pair before Gibson was brutally stamped to death.

Ian Gibson

News of the death was announced online by website Safari Classics, who posted the following message: "It is with deep sadness to announce the passing of Chifuti Safaris professional hunter Ian Gibson. Ian was tragically killed by an elephant bull earlier today while guiding and elephant hunt in Chewore North."

It continued: "The bull instantly turned and began a full charge. Ian and Robert began shouting in order to stop the charge. At very close range, Ian was able to get off one shot before the bull killed him. The scene was very graphic."

It has been reported that the client was unharmed in the incident.

Earlier this week a female huntress sparked outrage after she posed with a dead giraffe. Bow and arrow hunter Rebecca Francis was sent death threats after the picture, showing her smiling next to the deceased animal, went viral.

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