Park rangers recovered the mans pants, weapon and skull
A Poacher attempting to hunt a rhino in the Kruger National Park, South Africa was crushed to death by a fully grown elephant before being devoured by a pride of hungry lions, leaving behind only his skull and a pair shredded pants.
The victim’s friends witnessed the man being crushed by the elephant but were unable to assist him and ran away to rang his family.
The victim’s family then contacted the park’s ranger service who launched a search on foot on Wednesday.
The Air Wing of the Kruger National Park also searched for the victim’s body but had to return to base due to light.
According to Don English, Skukuza Regional Ranger, what was left of the man’s body was recovered near the Crocodile bridge section of the park.
Glenn Phillips, managing executive of the reserve said: ‘Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that.
Local police have arrested three of the man’s accomplices and seized two high powered hunting rifles and ammunition.
A police spokesman went on to state that ‘The suspects appeared yesterday, April 5, 2019, at the Komatipoort Magistrate’s Court facing charges of possession of firearms and ammunition without a licence, conspiracy to poach as well as trespassing.
‘Upon their appearance, the court remanded them in custody and will reappear at the same court on April 12, 2019, pending a formal bail application.