Suspected Rhino Poacher Was Killed By An Elephant And Then Eaten By Lions

Lion (Panthera leo) lying down in Namibia.Kevin Pluck / CC-BY-2.0 / Flickr

Illegal poaching remains a big problem for Kruger National Park in South Africa.

A man suspected of poaching rhinos was trampled to death by an elephant on Tuesday, BBC News reports. Poachers who accompanied him told the man's family, who then notified park rangers in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

On Thursday, a search party found a human skull and a pair of pants, but no other remains of the body were found. Rangers suspect that the man was eaten by a pride of lions. The park managing executive expressed his condolences to the victim's family.

"Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise," he said. "It holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that."

A relatively large demand for rhino horn in Asia has caused Kruger National Park to be a hotbed for illegal poaching. Hong Kong airport officials on Saturday seized the largest hall of rhino horn since 2014, worth approximately $2.1 million.

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