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16/10/2015 05:04 BST | Updated 16/10/2015 05:59 BST

Hunter Shoots Huge Elephant Dead In Zimbabwe In Echo Of Cecil The Lion Killing

A hunter has shot dead one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe, according to reports.

The huge creature is thought to be the biggest elephant killed in Africa for almost 30 years, according to the Telegraph.

The elephant was shot on 8 October at Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park by an unnamed man believed to be a German national, who paid $60,000 (£39,000) for the privilege.

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The hunter celebrates with a guide after killing the elephant

He had travelled to the country for a 21-day game hunt, which also included leopards, lions, rhinoceros and buffalo.

The elephant, thought to be between 40 and 60 years old, was killed in a private hunting concession bordering Gonarezhou, but had not been seen at the park before.

While lauded in online hunting forums, the kill sparked outrage among many social media users, including comedian and animal rights advocate Ricky Gervais

Earlier this year, American dentist Walter Palmer faced a huge backlash after shooting dead a beloved lion in Zimbabwe as part of a hunt.

He was said to have paid some £35,000 to guides to let him kill black-maned lion Cecil with a bow and arrow in July.

Cecil’s body was found decapitated and skinned outside Hwange National Park.

Palmer maintained he had done nothing wrong, as he believed that he had secured the correct legal permits and had professional guides.

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