German animal conservationist brags about killing elephant 

February 2, 2014 4:33 PM

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German civil servant Udo Wedekind appeared in photos from an elephant hunt in Botswana, posing over the dead body of a three-ton pachyderm. The photos were allegedly taken at the same time Germany was appearing at conference in the country about elephant shooting. At the time, it was legal for foreigners to hunt the beasts, but a ban has since been imposed.

A three-ton elephant has been gunned down by a German hunter who works as a conservation officer.

Udo Wedekind, whose job includes taking care of endangered species, was on a hunting trip to Botswana.

After gunning down the jungle beast, complete with ivory tusks, the German civil servant posed for trophy pictures, reported Thueringer Allgemeine newspaper.

Alongside the images, he wrote: "The hunt was tough, it was 37 degrees in the shade and was really humid. There was also thick bush, making the going tough," reported Thueringer Allgemeine.

"It was really a challenge. I'm so happy that it ended with a real hunting victory."

Botswana has passed a law banning elephant hunting by wealthy foreigners, who pay up to $50,000 for a license. However, Mr. Wedekind's trip took place last year, before the ban was in force.

But his trip coincided with a Botswana conference on elephant shooting, which discussed ways of clamping down on the illicit ivory trade. German officials attended the event.

A German government official said "it wasn't of interest" what civil servants got up to in their spare time as long as it was not illegal.

Two years ago, Spanish King Juan Carlos was widely criticized after pictures emerged of him standing beside the carcass of a dead elephant.

His trip came as Spain had entered a painful economic downturn, leading to claims he was out of touch with the people.


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