Rhino poacher killed by elephant, then eaten by lions in South Africa

A lion relaxes on the banks of the Luvuvhu river in Kruger National Park South Africa

A lion relaxes on the banks of the Luvuvhu river in Kruger National Park South Africa

A poacher was allegedly killed after being trampled by an elephant and his remains later eaten by a pride of lions before being recovered by park rangers in Kruger National Park in South Africa on April 4.

Local police have arrested three of the man's accomplices and seized two.375 hunting rifles and ammunition. Officials set out to retrieve the man's body, only to find a small portion of his remains in an area known as Crocodile Bridge.

The poacher's family were informed by accomplices that he was killed by an elephant in Kruger National Park on Tuesday.

According to Letaba Herald, the family of the man reached out to park rangers for help recovering his body.

The incident happened at Kruger National Park (KNP) and saw four other poachers flee the game reserve in terror.

During this search, which was boosted with a further compliment of field rangers, the remains of a body was discovered.

Park authorities said they recovered the human remains which they believe were devoured by a pride of lions.

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"Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains, leaving only a human skull and a pair of trousers", park authorities said.

Managing executive of KNP, Glenn Phillips, said: "Entering the Kruger illegally and on foot is not wise as it holds very many dangers and this incident is clear evidence of that".

A helicopter takes off from near the carcass of a poached and mutilated white rhino that was found on the banks of a river at Kruger National Park, Sept. 12, 2014.

"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, within KaMhlushwa and Komatipoort precincts".

An elephant in South Africa.

It's not the first incident of this type in South Africa in recent times.

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