In a tragedy mixed with a bit of poetic justice, a suspected rhino poacher was trampled by an elephant and then eaten by a pride of lions in South Africa’sKruger National Park last week.
A human skull and pair of pants were recovered on Thursday, April 4, two days after the incident, by Kruger National Park rangers assisted by Komatipoort and Skukuza South African police. Evidence shows that the body had been eaten by lions.
In a statement by Kruger National Park made on April 5, according to the family of the victim, the individual had been in the national park on the evening of Tuesday, April 2, to poach rhinos when he was killed by an elephant. The family was informed of the incident by the deceased’s accomplices. Four individuals are currently in custody.
Glenn Phillips, who manages the natural preserve, expressed his condolences for the deceased and issued a warning to those thinking of entering the park without permission and/or with ill intentions. “Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise,” he said. “It holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that. It is very sad to see the daughters of the deceased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains.”