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  • Here’s What ‘Mexico’s Most Beautiful Woman’ Looks Like 6 Years Later.

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    Photographer's names are not often remembered by people but their work makes an impact in our minds and hearts. Who can forget Steve McCurry's famous photo of the Afghan girl that made the cover of National Geographic's magazine on June 1985 or the heartbreaking photo taken by Nick Ut of a burned and naked nine-year-old girl running from a South Vietnamese napalm attack in 1972?

    These images are cemented into our own memories of the people that live in different parts of the world. Photographers hope their images capture a moment in history that will serve as a moral reminder, a celebration, or the push to fight for human justices.

    In 2011, photographer Diego Huerta trekked around Mexico with his camera.

    He wanted to bring attention to the over 31,000 lives taken during President Felipe Calderon’s war on drugs and its victims.

    In 2011, photographer Diego Huerta trekked around Mexico with his camera.

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    He took special interest on the indigenous people of Mexico in the series 31 Mil Retratos Por La Paz.

    It translates to 31,000 Images For Peace.

    He took special interest on the indigenous people of Mexico in the series 31 Mil Retratos Por La Paz.

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    During his trip, the Texas resident found himself in a market in the town of Copainalá in Chiapas.

    Huerta didn’t know that his venture further into the corridors of the market was going to change his professional life and meet a mesmerizing little girl.

    During his trip, the Texas resident found himself in a market in the town of Copainalá in Chiapas.

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    "In my journey through South Mexico, in a town located in the middle of the Chiapas' mountains I found the most brilliant eyes that I have ever seen," he wrote of the encounter.

    “The beauty of this girl was similar to the panoramic views I was able to appreciate every time I turned around. She´s deaf, the way to communicate with her was by signs,” he said of the little girl. “It is no mystery that the beauty of the true Mexican woman is way above all beauty contests.”

    "In my journey through South Mexico, in a town located in the middle of the Chiapas' mountains I found the most brilliant eyes that I have ever seen," he wrote of the encounter.

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    Huerta dubbed her "La niña mas bonita de México."

    The most beautiful girl in Mexico.

    Huerta dubbed her "La niña mas bonita de México."

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    His captivating image of the little girl named Adriana earned him a backlash.

    From one end many questioned Huerta, urging him to choose a more European, Spanish woman to receive such a title.

    His captivating image of the little girl named Adriana earned him a backlash.

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    While others pointed out he chose her for her blue eyes.

    They questioned the shutterbug if he would have chosen someone with brown eyes. While others reminded Huerta that the natives of Mexico were “raped” by the Spanish during their conquest, resulting in Adriana’s blue eyes.

    While others pointed out he chose her for her blue eyes.

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    Nonetheless, the little girl's photo went viral around the world.

    Some took the title and changed it to the most beautiful girl in the world and not just Mexico.

    Nonetheless, the little girl's photo went viral around the world.

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    Huerta's latest project is ambitious.

    He launched his next series titled Nación Nativa which translates to Native Nation.

    Huerta's latest project is ambitious.

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    He photographed over 50 of Mexico's indigenous groups. He has already shared his travel throughout the country on social media.

    But for Huerta, it is not enough to share the photos of the people of Mexico on social media where he has over 117,000 followers on Instagram.

    He photographed over 50 of Mexico's indigenous groups. He has already shared his travel throughout the country on social media.

    Diego Huerta

    Huerta plans to release a book of his most stunning photographs.

    “From the beginning of the project, I knew this was the next logical step,” he reveals to Remezcla. “The documentation of indigenous groups of Mexico should be done through a book, not just through social media.”

    Huerta plans to release a book of his most stunning photographs.

    Diego Huerta

    He set up a Kickstarter to raise $30,000 to publish a 300-page book.

    The book will have unpublished photos. Huerta wants to point out the money he is raising will go towards the design, printing, and drafting of the book.

    He set up a Kickstarter to raise $30,000 to publish a 300-page book.

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    He self-financed the year he spent in Mexico.

    The deadline for the Kickstarter was July 2, 2016. The funding goal was not reached but Huerta is not giving up. “That’s the next goal,” he admits. “For a publishing house to become interested and publish the book inside and outside of Mexico.”

    He self-financed the year he spent in Mexico.

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    For Huerta, publishing this book is about preserving culture and history.

    “Some of these towns are almost extinct, and you can only find information and statistics about the majority of these groups, but no real documentation,” he explains. “There isn’t a legacy to help them preserve and protect their customs.”

    For Huerta, publishing this book is about preserving culture and history.

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    He found his journey through Mexico was educational.

    “It is surprising that we have more than 57 native cultures (in Mexico) and we don’t know at least half of them,” Huerta told Huffington Post. “The information is nearly nonexistent.”

    He found his journey through Mexico was educational.

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    He also hopes his images will showcase how diverse, colourful, and stunning Mexico really is.

    “México is more than Chapo Guzmán, tacos and Cinco de Mayo. México is more than you can imagine. México is bigger than any kind of wall, México is more than you can imagine,” Huerta posted on Instagram.

    He also hopes his images will showcase how diverse, colourful, and stunning Mexico really is.

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    Huerta's photography is colourful and vibrant.

    The indigenous people are as diverse as Mexico’s landscape and they can be found in the different traditional clothing that varies from feathers, flowers, embroidery, and craftsmanship.

    Huerta's photography is colourful and vibrant.

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    "I hope that I am able to show the greatness of the native cultures through my photography," Huerta admits.

    “The culture and history of Mexico relies on them. I also hope to make others conscious of the treasure that we have and what these cultures value,” Huerta optimistically says. “I hope that we can recognize and respect these cultures through my photography. They deserve it.”

    "I hope that I am able to show the greatness of the native cultures through my photography," Huerta admits.

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    His approach is simple when it comes to earning the indigenous people's trust.

    “Communication is what makes us click,” he explains. “I share interest in what they do and I let them know that I am looking to learn more about them. After conversations and sharing silences, I earn their trust and that is when I am accepted by them. This is when I am able to portray them and therefore, able to tell their stories.”

    His approach is simple when it comes to earning the indigenous people's trust.

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    It was Huerta's sharing of his trips throughout Mexico on social media that Huerta was able to reconnect with Adriana.

    Adriana’s sister, Liz, is one of Huerta’s followers on social media.

    It was Huerta's sharing of his trips throughout Mexico on social media that Huerta was able to reconnect with Adriana.

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    She wanted to know when Huerta was going to return to Chiapas.

    He revealed that after chatting back and forth, they made plans to meet again.

    She wanted to know when Huerta was going to return to Chiapas.

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    He finally reunited with Adriana who has grown into a stunning young woman.

    “After six years we saw each other, at the same place, with the same smile,” he recalls.

    He finally reunited with Adriana who has grown into a stunning young woman.

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    For Huerta, he still believes Adriana is the most beautiful girl in Mexico.

    Huerta revealed that Adriana’s bright blue eyes are that colour for the same reason she is deaf, she suffers from Waardenburg syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

    For Huerta, he still believes Adriana is the most beautiful girl in Mexico.

    Diego Huerta

    "Her eye colour is not because the Spaniards came and took our women like someone stupidly said," Huerta wrote on Facebook.

    “It was never the color, it’s what is behind it, that gaze, it was never the color, it was always Adriana, the most beautiful girl in Mexico,” Huerta argues.

    "Her eye colour is not because the Spaniards came and took our women like someone stupidly said," Huerta wrote on Facebook.

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  • DIY Ideas For Turning Your Tiny Patio/Balcony Into A Private Oasis.

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    Summer is almost here! Depending on where you live, there's a chance that you're already experiencing the summer heat. With more hot days ahead of us, you'll most likely be more inclined to hang out outside instead of inside the stuffy house.

    Whether you have a balcony or a patio that you need to spruce up, we have a variety of DIY ideas for you! Nothing beats hanging out outside during a summer night. Decorate your outside spaces with some of these projects and then invite your friends over to make some good memories. Have drinks and chit chat or host a game night! One thing is for sure — hanging out on your balcony or patio will be one of the more affordable activities this summer.

    Crate Seats

    Turn some crates into cheap seating. Make sure to treat them with a weatherproof stain to make sure they’re rain-resistant.

    Dining Area

    If you have a nice view from your balcony, add a dining area to it so you can enjoy your food outside every once in awhile.

    Book Lovers Space

    For book lovers, try decorating your balcony with tiny bookshelves to store all your favorite books. It’ll become the perfect reading space.

    Book Lovers Space

    Small Group Hangout

    A wide cushion and a couple of throw pillows will create the perfect atmosphere for a small group of people. Just look at how comfy this looks.

    Small Group Hangout

    Herb Garden Coffee Table

    If you’re feeling ambitious in your DIY projects, try building this herb garden coffee table. It’ll make a great outdoor table. You can plant anything you want in the middle.

    Hang Up A Hammock

    Hammocks aren’t solely for the beach, you can hang them up at home too! And once you set one up, you’ll never want to leave it.

    Vertical Garden

    For a less invasive privacy screen, hang up some pots of herbs and your favorite flowers. It’s also a great garden alternative for people who don’t have backyards.

    Milk Crates

    Transform an old milk crate into a cool patio stool. This is perfect for small outdoor spaces. The little grill is a nice addition too!

    Outside Lights

    If you spend a lot of time on your balcony or patio during nighttime, hang up string lights! It works both as a light source and decor.

    Porch-Sized Greenhouse

    Another garden alternative would be implementing this cute reasonably-sized greenhouse into your balcony/porch. Add every plant that you want to take care of to the house.

    Drink Station

    Find a cute little side table from a thrift store and upcycle it into a DIY drink station for your patio. This will be great for hot summer days!

    Painted Porch Floor

    If you’ve got a plain floor that you’d like to spice up, you can try painting a pattern onto it like in the photo below.

    Citronella Torches

    Recreate these wine bottle torches to keep the bugs away. This is perfect for when summertime rolls in and all the mosquitos and bugs start appearing. Just be sure not to knock these over!

    Hammock Chair

    If you don’t want to hang up a full hammock, you can create a hammock chair that’s perfect for the little ones.

    Balcony Swing

    Transform any balcony chair into a swing. This will spice any plain balcony into a fun one.

    Balcony Swing

    Deck Tiles

    Start from the bottom up! If you don’t like your floor, try covering it with interlocking deck tiles.

    Mason Jar Lanterns

    Fill up some mason jars with dry pinto beans, and then top it off with a mini candle. Wrap twine around the top of the jars to hang them up.

    Texas Lamp Posts

    Recreate these “lamp posts” by adding hanging baskets and vintage strands of lights to them.

    Rope Lights

    Create a bedding border with the help of rope lights. It’s both super affordable and waterproof.

    Cinder Blocks Bench

    Put some cinder blocks to good use by combining them to create one unique bench.

    Folding Table

    Create a mini bar in your balcony by adding a folding table to it. Leave it folded when unused and then whip it out when it’s time to party!

    Folding Table

    Pallet Couch

    If you have a few pallets hanging around, put them together to create one big couch for your patio.

    Chalkboard Bottle Opener

    If you live in a household where a lot of beers are consumed, incorporate a DIY bottle opener into your patio or balcony. This will make outside drinks a whole lot easier.

    Freshen Up The Furniture

    If you don’t want to buy new furniture but on a budget, simply freshen your furniture up by giving it a fresh coat of exterior paint.

    Upcycled Pallets

    Pallets are very versatile. You can use them to create a seating area or even as a table. And there’s just something about them that creates a rustic vibe.

    Upcycled Pallets

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  • One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others (25 Photos)

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    Have you ever played a game of "what does not belong?" It usually involves showing a photo displaying an overall theme with one object that's different or stands out. Well this is the real life version.

    The rules are pretty simple. In each of these photos, there is clearly something or someone that doesn't belong — an intruder or imposter. Your mission is to find out what or who it is. It's kind of similar to finding Waldo but a lot more funny. You'll find yourself cracking up at majority of these photos.

    #1. Day 33: Subjects have suspected nothing.

    The assimilation is now complete. Side note: is someone here having an identity crisis?

    #2. Can you spot the imposter?

    If you look real hard, you’ll spot the real one in no time.

    #3. It took them five minutes to find their brother.

    Must have had a good laugh afterwards!

    #4. When you're just trying to fit in with everyone else.

    Now that’s a new laptop I haven’t seen. Which tech brand is that from?

    #5. She convinced her husband to go to wine and palette with her.

    This was the result.

    #6. Which of these rascals is not like the rest?

    It has to be the dog on the ground, that’s a no brainer.

    #7. Do you see anything that's not like the others?

    Everything here looks just as cuddly and the same color to me.

    Do you see anything that's not like the others?

    #8. Day 100: Nobody suspects anything.

    Hint: it’s not the dog in the back.

    #9. Redecorating involves improv sometimes.

    A literal ironman. Make sense, right?

    #10. Can you see it?

    It’s a cat that you should look for, it might take awhile.

    #11. "I'm a tax-paying citizen taking public transport now."

    First of all, how did that dog even get on the bus??

    #12. In an engineering lecture one morning.

    One of the attendees here is obviously not a student! “She doesn’t even go here!”

    #13. One of these kiwis is not like the others.

    I will still buy that zespri in the center.

    One of these kiwis is not like the others.

    #14. Can you spot which one is different?

    There’s gotta be a reason why that can just stops in that moment, right?

    #15. Spot the imposter!

    It’s almost impossible, I know.

    Spot the imposter!

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    #16. Can you spot what doesn't belong?

    Maybe it’ll help if we mention the involvement of hide-and-go-seek.

    #17. Something here doesn't belong.

    I’ve never heard of this “pdf” religion, is it new?

    #18. Which one of these is not like the other?

    “I’m here to secure them,” the dog said.

    #19. Day 7: They still haven't noticed.

    The odd one is obviously the girl in purple bikini, she’s so pale compared to everyone else!

    #20. Choices were made here.

    And whoever decided to throw that oxi-clean in there has a cruel sense of humor.

    #21. Something here kind of belongs but not really.

    I mean, he is technically a dog.

    #22. One of these Pepsi bottles don't belong.

    This one is so easy. Obviously the odd one out is the one on the right.

    One of these Pepsi bottles don't belong.

    #23. "And they have still suspected nothing."

    “Hey, where’s my assigned lot?”

    #24. Day 10: They still think I'm a husky.

    Day 11: They put me in front of the sledge. Things starting to get serious.

    #25. What's the odd one out?

    I don’t know but my answer is large pepperoni pizza!

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  • When This Woman Noticed A Thief Taking Her Car, She Did Something Unbelievable

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    Most people would probably be frozen in fear if they saw a stranger jump into their car and try to drive away, but not this lady!

    Melissa Smith was recently filling up her tank at a gas station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when a man jumped out of a nearby car and into hers in just a few seconds. Not willing to part with her beloved vehicle, she didn’t have to think twice about fighting back against the thief.

    Smith said she didn’t even notice the Cadillac that drove up next to her car. After all, she was at a gas station, so she had no reason to suspect anything.

    But things quickly changed when this thief got out and tried to get away with her car.

    Instead of letting him drive away, though, she did everything she could to stop him…including risking her own life.

    Watch what happened next in the video below. She’s such a badass!

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    It really sucks that he has her purse and phone now, but at least she’s okay and still has her car! Share if you’re impressed by this lady’s bravery.

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  • Dad Tells Kids The Dog Is Twerking To Avoid An Awkward Convo…Then One Joins In

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    Parents will go to some pretty hilarious extremes to shield their children from the horrors of the world and to protect their innocence.

    Thankfully, one quick-thinking dad was able to avoid what could have been an awkward conversation with his young daughter and niece…or so he thought. When the daughter proclaimed that the family dog was dancing, he was forced to go along with it when he realized what was really going on. While their beloved pet was actually caught dry humping his doggy bed, all this frazzled dad could do was blurt out that the dog was twerking.

    But when the kids wanted to get in on this so-called dance party, dad instantly regretted his little white lie.

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    Read More: You’ll Totally Identify With This Dachshund’s Craftiness If You Have Siblings

    I’m willing to bet that these girls will look back on this video in a few years and have a good laugh. Share if you’ve ever panicked in a situation like this!

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  • She Wore A Long-Sleeved Shirt To School. Then An Officer Put His Hand On A Gun.

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    On May 17, Summer, a senior at Hickory Ridge High School, wore a long-sleeved top to school that she thought was perfectly fine, but the principal couldn’t disagree more.

    Summer was eating lunch in the cafeteria when the principal walked up to her and told her that she had violated the dress code. When Summer said, “I think my shirt is fine,” an argument between the two led to the honor roll student not only being suspended for 10 days, not being allowed to walk at graduation, and possibly being expelled from the school. She also thought she was facing arrest at one point.

    Most people would say that nothing is wrong with her shirt. After all, it doesn’t expose anything other than her collarbones and shoulders.

    However, the school’s dress code explicitly states that off-the-shoulder tops aren’t allowed. That’s why when a friend offered Summer her jacket, she put it on and zipped it up without complaint — but the principal wasn’t satisfied with that.

    Read More: These Two Sisters Had An Epic Response To A Ridiculous Dress Code ‘Violation’

    As it turns out, the two have a history of butting heads — so much so that Summer’s mom asked the school to start calling her if her daughter had any problems with the principal. That’s why when told she would need to go to the office and change even after putting the jacket on, Summer politely said she wouldn’t go until her mom was called.

    She went about the rest of her school day when they couldn’t reach her mother, but when she walked into the auditorium with her friends, she says the principal threatened to have her arrested and the security officer reached for his gun just feet away from her. Learn more about what happened by watching the video below.

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    (via MommyPage and WCNC)

    Summer’s mom plans to fight against all of this, and I sincerely hope she wins. Like Summer, I understand the need for a dress code but this got so out of hand that it’s absolutely ridiculous. Share if you think there’s no reason to punish her and that she should be allowed to walk at graduation.

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  • Heartbreaking Ruling Sheds Light On What Happens When Girls Fight Back Against Abuse

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    In July 2016, Brandi Meadows called police and told them that her 14-year-old daughter, Bresha, had shot her husband, 41-year-old Jonathan Meadows Sr., in the head.

    Bresha was arrested and charged with aggravated murder for shooting and ultimately killing her father, but Brandi says that what her daughter did ended up saving their lives. As it turns out, there had been a history of abuse in their Warren, Ohio, home. Jonathan Meadows had been charged with domestic violence in 2011, but Brandi later dismissed the case. She says she wasn’t strong enough to fight back against the abuse, but her daughter was.

    The now 15-year-old has been held inside the Trumbull County Ohio Juvenile Detention Center for the last nine months, but has just accepted a plea deal that convicts her of the reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter.

    Instead of facing a life sentence without parole, she received one year and one day in the custody of the Department of Youth Services, including time served, and an additional six months at a mental-health facility for issues including post-traumatic stress disorder. Her conviction is also eligible to be sealed and expunged from her record.

    While she and her family are happy with the deal, many believe that all of the charges should have been dropped because she was acting in self-defense.

    In the months before the shooting, her aunt, who is a police officer, says Bresha ran away to her home, told her of all the abuse she, her mother, and her sisters were dealing with, and begged for her help.

    “In the 17 years of our marriage, he has cut me, broke my ribs, fingers, the blood vessels in my hand, my mouth, blackened my eyes. I believe my nose was broken,” Brandi wrote in the 2011 civil domestic violence protection order against her husband. “If he finds us, I am 100 percent sure he will kill me and the children … My life is like living in a box he created for me, and if I stepped out of that box, he’s there to put me back in that box.”

    Bresha’s family and attorney describe her father’s abusive nature in the heartbreaking video below.

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    Bresha isn’t the only girl facing punishment for fighting back against abuse. According to the Correctional Association of New York, the overwhelming majority of women in prison are survivors of domestic violence. In New York, 67 percent of women sent to prison for killing someone close to them were abused by that person.

    Read More: Their Baby Was Ill And Wasting Away, Which They Would’ve Known If They Ever Held Her

    According to the #FreeBresha campaign, girls and women incarcerated for actions taken in self-defense are disproportionately black, and 84 percent of girls incarcerated in the U.S. experience family-based violence prior to being charged.

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    Despite the ruling, people are still fighting for all the charges to be dropped against Bresha. If you’d like to support the campaign, you can sign the petition here, and please share this article if you think she shouldn’t be punished for trying to save her family from their abuser.

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  • He Was Famous In The Big Game Hunting World, But An Angry Elephant Just Killed Him

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    Theunis Botha from Johannesberg, South Africa, was a well-known big game hunter who killed beautiful African wildlife for fun. Now he won’t get the chance to do it again.

    On May 19, the 51-year-old, who had been leading tourists on hunting trips for the last 30 years, was out guiding a group of hunters in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when they saw a group of herding elephants. That’s when the animals charged.

    On his website, Game Hounds Safaris, Botha is boasted as being the one who pioneered traditional European-style “Monteria hunts” in which hunters use hounds to herd wild animals towards them for an easier shot.

    During these hunts, he’s killed leopards, lions, and even elephants.

    Read More: This Guy’s Day Started Out Like Any Other And Ended With Him Punching A Shark

    But in his last hunt ever, a group of elephants must have known they were in danger, because they ran straight for the hunters to defend themselves before Botha shot at them.

    One elephant managed to get close enough to lift him with her trunk. Another hunter shot and killed her, but couldn’t stop her body from falling and crushing Botha to death.

    While his family and friends are understandably devastated at losing him, others don’t feel much sympathy and say that his death was karmic.

    But however you feel about his passing, it can’t be denied that what he did during his lifetime could have hurt the elephant population. Though hunting them with a license isn’t illegal in Zimbabwe, African elephants are listed as vulnerable on The World Wildlife Fund website.

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    What do you think about his untimely but oddly fitting death? Share if you think hunting elephants is wrong.

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