A Rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and later eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, said Mpumalanga police. The human skull found in the Kruger National Park (KNP) is believed to be that of a man killed by an elephant and then devoured by a pride of lions, according to the SANParks.
“Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants,” SANParks said in a statement.
“The police received information that some men had gone poaching in the KNP on 1 April 2019, when suddenly an elephant attacked and killed one of them.
His accomplices claimed to have carried his body to the road so that passers-by could find it in the morning. They then vanished from the park,” said Brigadier Leonard Hlathi in a statement.
Subsequent to that, police launched a joint intelligence-driven operation in search of the dead poacher’s accomplices, resulting in the arrest of three men, aged between 26 and 35. Further, during the operation, two .375 hunting rifles and ammunition were seized. The suspects had briefly appeared in the Komatipoort Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of possession of firearms and ammunition without a licence, conspiracy to poach, and trespassing.
As a result, they were remanded in custody and would again be appearing in the same court on April 12, pending a formal bail application. An inquest was opened in connection with the dead suspect, Hlathi said.