Friday, 19 April, 2019

Rhino poacher trampled by elephants, eaten by lions in Africa, report says

Lion in Kruger National Park. Credit PA Lion in Kruger National Park. Credit PA
Cary Marshall | 07 April, 2019, 17:09

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. A search operation was launched by police and rangers in the mentioned area, whereupon the human skull and pieces of clothing were found.

The victim's family say they were informed of his death by fellow members of a poaching gang that entered Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa on Tuesday, South African National Parks said in a release.

According to Don English, Skukuza Regional Ranger, the man's body was recovered near the Crocodile bridge section of the park.

A search of the Kruger National Park uncovered a human skull and a pair of trousers, with indications a pride of lions devoured the alleged poacher's remains. "It holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that", he said.

Four suspected accomplices to the poacher have been arrested and have upcoming court appearances planned.

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The three other poachers carried the man's body to the side of the road before fleeing the scene.

In total, three men aged between 26 and 35 were arrested and two.375 hunting rifles and ammunition were seized.

Managing executive of Kruger National Park, Glenn Phillips, commended the search party for their help and expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased.

A helicopter takes off from near the carcass of a poached and mutilated white rhino that was found on the banks of a river at Kruger National Park, Sept. 12, 2014.

The suspects appeared in court on April 5 and faced charges of conspiracy to poach, trespassing, and possession of firearms and ammunition without a license.

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