Rhino poacher trampled to death by elephants then eaten by lions at Kruger National Park

A Poacher hunting Rhinos at the Kruger National Park was trampled by a heard of Elephants, and then eaten by a Lion.

There were originally 5 poachers who were hunting Rhinos at the National Park, but 4 of them got away before a heard of Elephants trampled one and a Lion then came in and ate him.

Pictured Above: A piece of the clothing the poacher left behind along with his head
and some limbs after a Lion got to him and ate most of him.

The four poachers described how a heard of angry Elephants surprised them while they were hunting the endangered Rhino. The elephants trampled the man to death before the Lions arrived.

Pictured Above: A shoe that was left of the poacher.

After interviewing the Poachers and determining a location, the Park Rangers set out to find the body of the missing man. They were unable to find the body until the following day. The mans body was severely torn apart by a group of Lions, leaving only his head and some limbs.

Pictured Above: A heard of Elephants thought responsible for the surprise stampede.

KNP managing executive Glenn Phillips said: “Entering the Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise as it holds very many dangers and this incident is clear evidence of that.”

“It was very sad to see the daughters of the deceased man mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains.”

Mr Phillips commended the search party for finding what was left of the poacher to give the family “some closure” and extended the parks’ condolences to his relatives.

Pictured Above: The endangered Rhinoceros the Poachers were hunting.

The four poachers that survived are still being held in custody and will face trial in court for poaching soon.

In July of last year, 3 poachers were eaten alive by a group of Lions. Owner of the park Nick Fox said: “We are of course saddened at any loss of life but these men came to kill our animals and this sends out a powerful message to poachers that you will not always be the winner.”

The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s biggest reserve in the country and covers over 12,000 square miles and is home to the Big Five of rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard.