Suspected poacher killed by elephant and then eaten by lions

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The unidentified man was trampled to death by an elephant, according to his accomplices, only for his bodily remains to be later "devoured" by a pride of lions, Vice reported. The men then carried their dead companion's body to the side of the road, where they had reportedly hoped a passerby would find it.

"The incident, which involved other men who are now thought to be in police custody, occurred in South Africa's Kruger National Park".

Initially, they could not find anything but later they found the remains of the suspected poacher near the Crocodile bridge area of the park near Crocodile river.

Fox said: "We found enough body parts which suggest to us the lions ate at least three of them but it is thick bush out there and there could be more bodies out there".

Park rangers carrying out the search for him only found his skull and pants which were badly shredded.

Glenn Phillips, the park's managing executive, said in a statement that it is "not wise" for people to enter the park illegally and on foot.

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.

"Indeed, between January 2005 and January 2017, almost 2,000 elephants and roughly 6,300 rhinos had been slaughtered at the hands of poachers in South Africa and Kenya alone", the organization said.

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But with no luck the police officers in the case re-interviewed the captured poachers to try and get more detail as to where the elephant attacked and killed their friend.

A suspected poacher has been killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions at a national park in South Africa.

A search party was launched, but the body could not be located in the area that the family described.

The incident happened after the man entered the park Monday with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement.

And Kruger National Park (KNP) has today paid tribute to the victim, who has young daughters.

According to the Mpumalanga police, the man was a rhino poacher.

As an added bonus, the incident also resulted in the arrests of four of the man's poacher pals, all of whom will be facing criminal charges and court appearances in the not-so-distant future.

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