Suspected poacher killed by elephant and eaten by lions in South Africa

Suspected rhino poacher killed by elephant, eaten by lions in South Africa: authorities

Suspected rhino poacher killed by elephant, eaten by lions in South Africa: authorities

Officials with the Kruger National Park said the family of the man, who is believed to have gone into the park to poach a rhino, got a call from his partners saying he was killed by an elephant on Tuesday. Hlathi said the man's accomplices claimed to have carried his body to a road before leaving the park. Officials there report that they were contacted by the family of a man who said that their relative's body had been left in the park.

Most illegal activity occurs in Kruger National Park, a protected habitat on South Africa's north-eastern border with Mozambique.

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". The team could only find the dead man's head and his pair of trousers.

Glenn Phillips, the managing executive of Kruger National Park, expressed his condolences for the daughters of the poacher in the release and for the family "only being able to recover very little of his remains".

After the men entered the park on Monday, an elephant "attacked and killed one of them", Police Brigadier Leonard Hlathi explained.

Four other poachers who fled the game reserve in South Africa in terror were picked up by police and explained how a member of their gang had been killed.

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The man's family told authorities they were informed of his death by his fellow alleged poachers, authorities said.

Additional field rangers gave the search party a boost and eventually the remains were discovered.

What was later found by park rangers Thursday wasn't much.

The deceased's accomplices have also been arrested and arraigned before court on charges of illegally possessing firearms and conspiracy to poach and trespassing, according to TimesLIVE. This area, according to Kruger National Park website, is a popular destination for lions.

"Upon their appearance, the court remanded them in custody and will reappear at the same court on 12 April 2019, pending a formal bail application". His four suspected accomplices have been arrested.

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