Rhino poacher killed by elephant, then eaten by lions in South Africa


As for the suspected poacher's accomplices, four individuals were also arrested and they're now in police custody. The court remanded them in custody and they will appear in court again on Friday, April 12, pending a formal bail application. Authorities have launched a thorough investigation into the poacher's death and his companions.

A group of poachers were hunting rhino when "suddenly, an elephant attacked and killed one of them", Police Brigadier Leonard Hlathi explained, Times Live reports.

The man's body had apparently been eaten by a pride of lions, according to a statement from the park.

It was not immediately clear if they will be charged in connection with the man's death or poaching.

During this search, which was boosted with a further compliment of field rangers, the remains of a body was discovered. The family then contacted park officials and a search party for the remains was organized.

The lions reportedly left "very little remains".

The man's remains were found on Thursday - but not before a pride of lions got to them. "That was the only remaining part of the deceased", Kruger national park spokesman Isaac Phaahla told AFP.

The organization Save The Rhino states: "When used, the horn is shaved or ground into a powder, before being dissolved in boiling water and consumed".

All that the lions had left behind of the man was his skull and a pair of trousers, authorities said.

An initial search party was unable to locate the body. He also offered the family his condolences. Invading a national park to hunt those endangered animals?

Local police have arrested three of the man's accomplices and seized two.375 hunting rifles and ammunition.

An elephant in South Africa. And it holds almost 80 per cent of the world's rhino population.

In February a year ago, lions are believed to have killed and eaten a poacher in the same national park, leaving behind only his "head and some remains".

Those numbers dipped below 1000 in 2018, with 769 total poachings.