Poacher Killed by Elephant and Then Eaten by Lions

A rhino poacher in South Africa got his just deserts after he was presumably killed by an elephant. His remains were then scavenged by lions which did not leave much for the recovery team.

According to WLTX 19, the man’s accomplices called his family to tell them he had been killed while in the park to poach rhinos Tuesday. The family called park rangers who recovered what was left of the man.

It took them two days to find the man. Evidence at the scene indicates the man was eaten by a pride of lions, leaving only his skull and a pair of pants.

“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 diseased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains,” Glenn Phillips, managing executive of Kruger National Park.

The man’s accomplices were arrested and are due to appear in court later this week.

Poaching is a serious threat to wildlife across Africa. This coupled with the loss of habitat makes regulated hunting even more important. The money spent on hunting goes directly to anti-poaching enforcers and gives the habitat value.