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Africa's 'largest elephant' killed by German hunter

ELEPHANT HUNTING: The hunter poses with his 'prize'

LESS THAN three months after Cecil the Lion was shot dead, a German hunter has killed a large elephant with 122lb tusks in a game park in Zimbabwe.

Mystery surrounded the identity of the elephant, which was estimated to have been between 40 and 60 years old, but had never been seen before in Zimbabwe’s southern Gonarezhou National Park.

But its tusks, which almost touch the ground in a photograph taken moments after its shooting, confirmed its exceptional nature, weighing a combined 120lb.

The elephant is thought to have been the biggest shot in living memory when it was killed on October 8 in Gonarezhou National Park in south-east Zimbabwe.

The hunter is believed to be a German national, who reportedly paid $60,000 (£39,000) for a hunting permit to shoot the colossal bull elephant as part of an organised hunt, according to The Telegraph.

The man, who the hunt’s organisers have refused to name, had travelled to Zimbabwe to conduct a 21-day game hunt including the Big Five of elephants, leopards, lions, buffalo and rhinoceros.

The kill was celebrated in hunting forums around the world, where it was suggested he might have been the biggest elephant killed in Africa for almost 30 years.

Conservationists and photographic safari operators in the area expressed their outrage on last night (Oct 15), saying the animal was one of a kind and should have been preserved for all to see.

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