Suspected poacher killed by elephant and then eaten by lions

African News Agency

African News Agency

Police have retrieved a skull believed to belong to the poacher who was killed by an elephant after breaking into a national park in South Africa, last week, it has been announced.

All that was left to bring back into camp was the poacher's bloodied head and a pair of his trousers.

It's believed that the man and his accomplices entered the park in order to poach rhinos on 2 April, according to South African National Parks.

An elephant walks through the bush at the Southern African Wildlife College on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa, Sept. 30, 2016.

"Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of trousers", said the statement from Kruger National Park.

Further investigations into the incident are being conducted by Skukuza police.

Recalling the story the group described how an angry elephant surprised them as they stalked endangered rhino and stamped their friend to death giving them a chance to run for safety.

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Kruger National Park has an ongoing problem with poaching and there remains a strong demand for rhino horn in Asian countries.

KNP managing executive Glenn Phillips said there was evidence to suggest the father who died entered the park illegally and on foot.

The man was joined by four accomplices who were arrested Wednesday.

The three other poachers carried the man's body to the side of the road before fleeing the scene. "During the operation, two.375 hunting rifles and ammunition were seized", said Hlathi.

The three surviving poachers face charges of conspiracy to poach, possession of firearms and ammunition without a licence, and trespassing.

The four arrested individuals are in custody and will appear in court at a later date.

The head of Kruger National Park expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased suspected poacher, saying that his death was a tragic reminder of the dangers of illegal entry into the park.

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