Limpopo, South Africa ( the Independent): A big game hunter was reportedly gored to death by a wild buffalo moments after he had killed another member of its herd.
Professional hunter Claude Kleynhans had been leading a group on an expedition along the banks of South Africa’s Levubu River in the northern province of Limpopo.
The 54-year-old and his party had shot and killed a buffalo and were preparing to load it into their vehicle when they were blindsided by another member of the herd, the Bosveld Review reported.
Another guide ran back to the hunting lodge to seek help, but the animal’s horn reportedly pierced Mr Kleynhans’ femoral artery – killing him almost instantly.
“They were working on the bushes to open the animal and did not see the other buffalo,” Karen Kuhne Kleynhans, the hunter’s sister-in-law, told Afrikaans-language news site Maroela Media. “The buffalo struck him and pronged him with its horn in his groin.”
Ms Kuhne Kleynhans added that the buffalo had been her brother-in-law’s favourite animal.
“He loved what he did,” she said. “He died doing what he loved.”
African buffalo can weigh as much as 1,000kg (157 stone) and some have estimated that they kill up to 200 people each year.