By Bevan Hurley
Gun in hand, Kiwi millionaire Mark Gunton stands proudly over the corpse of a fallen African elephant.
The beast's tusks are blood-spattered and its face contorted into a gruesome death mask.
Two more pictures, apparently of different elephants, show the Auckland developer and shopping mall magnate in further post-slaughter poses.
Another shows Gunton crouching over the body of a Nile crocodile.
Pools of blood lie around its fearsome jaws, which are held open by a length of wood.
The Gunton hunting photos have provoked shock and outrage from wildlife groups.
They come after US TV presenter Melissa Bachman posted a picture of herself with a dead lion and boasted of stalking and killing it.
A petition has been started calling for her to be banned from returning to South Africa.
And last year, King Juan Carlos of Spain was removed as honorary president of the World Wildlife Fund after it emerged he had been hunting elephants in Botswana.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare, which campaigns for an end to trophy-hunting, said it was wrong for hunters like Gunton to glorify animals' suffering.
Spokeswoman Rebekka Thompson -Jones said: "The decision to kill an animal as social and intelligent as an elephant, just for fun is terrible enough.
"The obvious glorification makes it even more disturbing." More....