A suspect poacher has been mauled to death and eaten by the pride of lions he was in the midst of hunting out in South Africa.
Police have confirmed that the remains of the poacher were found near Kruger National Park – though there was little in the way of a body to identify.
The incident occurred at a private game park located close to Hoedspruit in the northern province of Limpopo. The region has witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of incidents where animals have been poached.
Unfortunately, in this instance, the hunter involved was no match for his prey, resulting in a grisly discovery for the authorities.
“It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains,’ Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.
The police have so far failed to confirm the victim’s identity though a loaded hunting rifle was discovered close to the body.
Lion poaching remains a serious problem in South Africa. In 2017, several lions were found poisoned nearby with their paws and heads sawn off.
At the time, experts asserted that the body parts were most likely sold on the black market to be used in the production of some traditional medicines.
Lions aren’t the only animal under threat from poachers in South Africa either – the increasing demand for rhino horn in Asian countries like China has seen rhinoceroses suffer a similar fate.
The animals have started to fight back though, as these five examples of big game hunters who ended up meeting their end at the hands of the very animals they were trying to kill, demonstrates.
More recently, a big game hunter was killed during a hunt when a stray bullet struck him as he took aim at a lion.