A professional hunter was trampled to death by a bull elephant he had been tracking for hours to kill for its ivory.
Reports say Ian Gibson, a professional game hunter for Safari Classics, was trampled to death by a large bull elephant after tracking it for a number of hours.
Gibson was reportedly leading a client on a hunt in Chewore North, a hunting area nestled in the Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe, when the incident occurred. Gibson and his client had been tracking the bull elephant for at least five hours before they stopped to take a rest.
“Feeling he was quite close to the elephant, Ian and his tracker Robert continued to follow the tracks in hopes of getting a look at the ivory as the client stayed with the game scout,” Safari Classics explained in an online forum, according to The Huffington Post.
Robert, the tracker, reportedly told Gibson that was in “musth,” which The Huffington Post explains is a condition where the animal becomes overly aggressive due to an increased desire to mate.
“They eventually caught up with the bull, spotting him at about 50-100 meters. The bull instantly turned and began a full charge,” Safari Classics further explained. “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.”
Those who knew Gibson described him as, “one of the most experienced professional hunters on the African continent.”
It’s not clear if the elephant was killed after trampling Gibson.
Photo Source: AfricaHunting.com Via The Huffington Post, WikiCommons