Poacher believed to have been eaten by lions after elephant killed him

Poacher believed to have been eaten by lions after elephant killed him

Poacher believed to have been eaten by lions after elephant killed him

The man and two others were hunting for rhinos illegally last week when the elephant surprised them and trampled him, park spokesman Isaac Phaahla said. They called the man's family and reported his death.

Park officials recovered the remains of the man, whose identity has not been released.

Police and rangers launched a search operation for the man's body, but all they found were a human skull and several pieces of clothing.

However, due to failing light, they were unable to locate the man's body, and with "further information" provided by the suspected poachers, the search continued into Thursday.

As an added bonus, the incident also resulted in the arrests of four of the man's poacher pals, all of whom will be facing criminal charges and court appearances in the not-so-distant future.

But according to a 1931 translation of the Ming dynasty scientist and physician Li Shizhen and his Compendium of Materia Medica, written in 1597, rhino horn was prescribed for nearly everything except to boost a failing libido, according to a multiple reports.

During the search, according to South African National Parks, "the remains of a body were discovered".


Kruger National Park advertises itself as offering "an African safari adventure of a lifetime".

The managing executive of Kruger National Park, Glenn Phillips, extended his condolences to the victim's family in a statement.

Still, people grind up the horn and use it in a drink in a misguided effort to reduce fevers and cure hangovers, among other things.

"The demand for rhino horn comes from extremely wealthy consumers who nearly never face any form of justice, and the poachers themselves are more often than not desperate people existing in crushing post-colonial poverty".

South Africa is home to about 20,000 wild rhinos, more than 80 percent of the world's population.

The deceased, TUKO.co.ke understands, was part of a larger group who illegally entered the park on a mission to get rhino horns.

More than 7,100 animals have been killed over the past decade.

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