Rhino poacher killed by elephant, eaten by Lions in South Africa

Katie Ramirez
April 7, 2019

A poacher was trampled to death by an elephant and then "devoured" by lions while illegally hunting rhino at Kruger National Park in South Africa.

A search party immediately sprung into action, although after an intensive search, only a skull and a pair of pants was found, with the rest of the poacher's remains believed to have been consumed by the lions.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said they received information that a number of men had gone poaching in the KNP on April 1, when suddenly an elephant attacked and killed one of them.

Park officials told the Letaba Herald that the man entered the park illegally to hunt rhinos but was killed by an elephant.

Rangers discovered a human skull and a pair of trousers, and said it appeared a pride of lions had devoured the man's remains after he was trampled.

In a statement released by the South African Police Service, confirmed they had found his dismembered head and clothing. Skukuza police were notified immediately and undertook further investigations into the incident. "It holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that", he said.

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The victim's four alleged accomplices are now in custody and will "appear in court in due course", the park service added.

It's believed there are around 2,000 in Kruger National Park.

The suspects appeared in the Komatipoort Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of possession of firearms and ammunition without a licence, conspiracy to poach as well as trespassing.

Glenn Phillips, Managing Executive of Kruger National Park, has praised those who were part of the search party that helped the family find closure by finding the remains.

They are due back in court on April 12, pending a formal bail application.

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