Elephants may seem a bit clumsy, but a hunter was proven otherwise in a recent unfortunate event. Authorities found an Argentinian hunter, Jose Monzalvez, dead at a private wildlife area in Namibia last weekend. The incident was similar to the one in May, when a shot elephant fell on the shooter, killing him on the spot. This time they found the corpse of a 46-year-old oil company employee with severe compressional wounds.
Act of Self-Defense
Monzalvez was stalking a herd of elephants and one of the grey giants spotted him. The animal recognized the threat and charged at him. Obviously, he was not fast enough so he was easily caught by the elephant. Similar cases are rare, as hunters have a demanding upper hand in this duel with all the technology helping them hunt. However, animals seem to adapt to the ways of the hunters in some cases, and we can hardly blame them for defending themselves.
Elephant hunting – moral or not?
We have to add that the late hunter had a license to hunt elephants in that area. Death of a human being is always tragical, but the morality behind poaching goes both ways. Some ecological articles propose that carefully managed hunting can actually foster conservation. However, big game hunting usually just involves shooting endangered animals to death for individual profit.