Rhino poacher killed by elephants then eaten by lions

All that remains of a suspected rhino poacher is his skull and a pair of trousers after he was killed by an elephant and eaten by a pride of lions.

Police said a group of men went into Kruger National Park in South Africa to hunt rhino.

Police brigadier Leonard Hlathi said ‘suddenly an elephant attacked and killed one of them.

‘His accomplices claimed to have carried his body to the road so that passersby could find it in the morning. They then vanished from the park.’

Once they left the park on April 1 they contacted his family to tell them what happened so police were called and park wardens started a hunt for the man.

Rangers couldn’t find anything because of the failing light but then on April 4 they discovered his remains in an area known as Crocodile Ridge.

General manager of communications for the park said: ‘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.’

Three men aged between 26 and 35 have been arrested for possession of firearms, conspiracy to poach and tresspassing.

The managing executive of Kruger national park said: ‘Entering Kruger national park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that.

‘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.’

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/08/rhino-poacher-killed-elephants-eaten-lions-9132005/