A suspected rhino poacher in South Africa was killed by an elephant before his body was apparently devoured by lions, authorities said. A search team in Kruger National Park was only able to recover a pair of skulls and a pair of pants.
The accomplices called the victim's family and said he had been killed by an elephant.
An initial search party was unable to locate the body. During a search Thursday morning, authorities found the few remains of the suspected poacher. "Indications found that the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains," the park service said.
The South African Police Service said two of his alleged accomplices were arrested with rifles and ammunition in their possession. #sapsMP Komatipoort: A human skull found in the Kruger National Park (KNP) is believed to have been killed by an elephant while poaching with his accomplices on 01
– SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) April 6, 2019 [EnteringtheKrugerNationalParkisillegalandonfootisnotwiseitholdsmanydangersandthisincidentisevidenceofthat"KrugerNationalParkManagingExecutiveGlennPhillipssaidinastatement"Itisverysadtoseethedaughtersofthe[deceased] mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains."
The suspected poacher has not been identified. His four accomplices are due in court, and the death is still being investigated.