Rhino Poacher Killed By Elephant, Now He’s Lunch for Lions (South Africa)
“Do unto others what you would want done unto you” is a well-known saying that does not only apply for the humans but also to animals.
A poacher met his almost ironic fate Monday, after wildlife unleashed their own “hunt”.
The suspected rhino poacher’s skull and a pair of trouser was the only remains that was found after being killed by an elephant and eaten by lions while hunting in the Kruger National Park, a South African National Park on Monday, April 6 together with four other poachers targeting rhinos.
Based on the statement given, the alleged poacher was “suddenly attacked” by an elephant killing him almost instantly. His body was then carried by his accomplices to a nearby road so passersby could found it in the morning and then they escaped after the incident.
On April 7, the family of the killed poacher were notified about the incident and a search party was set to recover the body but since it was almost evening, and such few remains were left, they were unable to find it. The search resumed on Thursday morning with additional field rangers, and it was then they found what little was left with the poacher’s body.
"Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants," the statement said.
Extending his condolences to the family, Glenn Phillips, the managing executive of Kruger National Park warned, “Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that. It is very sad to see the daughters of the deceased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains."
While searching for the remains of the killed poacher on Wednesday, three individuals were arrested and being investigated by the South African Police Service. The suspects held in custody were charged with possession of firearms and ammunition without license, conspiracy to poach and trespassing and will be back in Komatiport Magistrate Court on Friday for a pending formal bail application.
JUSTICE IS SERVED! (In more ways than one)
The African rhino is well-known species and is being targeted for its horn as some people practicing Eastern Medicine believes that it good as an aphrodisiac, making it more valuable than cocaine. On the other hand, Black rhino is one of the species of special concern nowadays as they are critically endangered after its number went down from 65,000 to 1970 to 2,400 in 1995, according to Kruger National Park. Conservation efforts have helped increased the existing black rhinos to up to 5,000 or so and the remaining of them live mostly in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
In 2016, there were between 349 and 465 black rhinos living at Kruger and between 6,600 and 7,800 white rhinos, who also suffer from poaching, South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs said.
Out of the 680 poaching and trafficking arrests made by the South African Police Service in 2016, around 470 happened in and around Kruger. It was on September that six men were arrested, including two syndicate leaders, two police officers and a former police officer, for trafficking of rhino horns.
Kruger is known as an intensive protection zone in South Africa, and the government employs a range of resources to stop poaching, including aircraft, dogs, special rangers and an environmental crime investigation unit.