Poacher trampled by elephants and eaten by lions in South Africa
Poacher is trampled to death by an elephant before his remains are devoured by a pride of lions who ate everything apart from his skull and pants in a South African nature reserve
- The poacher was crushed to death by an elephant in the Kruger National Park
- He and his three accomplices had been planning to poach a rhino from the park
- The victim was then eaten by a pride of hungry lions near Crocodile bridge
- Park rangers looking for the man only recovered the victim’s skull and his pants
A man attempting to poach a rhino in the Kruger National Park was crushed to death by an elephant before being eaten by a pride of lions leaving behind his skull and a pair of pants.
Three of the victim’s friends ran away after the victim was crushed by the elephant and rang his family.
The victim’s family contacted the park’s ranger service who launched a search on foot on Wednesday.
Park rangers and police only recovered the victim’s badly mauled pants, pictured, and his skull after his agonising death having been crushed by an elephant and then eaten by lions
The victim, who was looking to poach a rhino in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, was crushed to death by an elephant in front three of his horrified friends
The victim, who has not yet been named, was eaten by a pride of hungry lions inside the Kruger National Park in South Africa. His friends said he was already dead at that stage
The victim’s skull and pants were found near Crocodile bridge, pictured, in the park
The Kruger National Park Air Wing also searched for the victim’s body but had to return to base due to failing light.
On Thursday, the search for the missing man was resumed.
According to Don English, Skukuza Regional Ranger, the man’s body was recovered near the Crocodile bridge section of the park.
According to Mr English: ‘Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants.’
Glenn Phillips, managing executive of the reserve said: ‘Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that.
Plice later arrested the man’s accomplices and seized these two rifles and ammunition
‘It is very sad to see the daughters of the deceased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains.’
Mr Phillips said the man’s four accomplices were arrested and will appear in court in due course.
Local police have arrested three of the man’s accomplices and seized two .375 hunting rifles and ammunition.
According to Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, police spokesman: ‘The suspects appeared yesterday, April 5, 2019, at the Komatipoort Magistrate’s Court facing charges of possession of firearms and ammunition without a licence, conspiracy to poach as well as trespassing.
‘Upon their appearance, the court remanded them in custody and will reappear at the same court on April 12, 2019, pending a formal bail application.
‘An inquest was opened in connection with the dead suspect.’
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