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Suspected Rhino Poacher Killed by Elephant in South Africa, Eaten by Lions Later

The managing executive of the park said that entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not a wise decision.


Updated:April 7, 2019, 7:37 PM IST
Suspected Rhino Poacher Killed by Elephant in South Africa, Eaten by Lions Later
File picture of dehorned rhinos at the Kruger national park in Mpumalanga province September 16, 2011. (Reuters)

Johannesburg: A suspected rhino poacher was trampled on by an elephant and then eaten by lions in South Africa's Kruger National Park, the media reported on Sunday.

Accomplice poachers told the victim's family that he was killed by an elephant on April 2, the BBC reported.

Relatives notified the park ranger. A search party struggled to find the body but eventually found a human skull and a pair of trousers two days later.

The managing executive of the park extended his condolences to the family.

"Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise," he said. "It holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that."

Kruger National Park has an ongoing problem with poaching and there remains a strong demand for rhino horn in Asian countries.

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