A suspected poacher was trampled to death by an elephant at the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
According to spokesperson Isaac Phaahla, the mangled body was discovered on Thursday, October 21 during an operation aimed at preventing poaching.
It is suspected that before any animals were harmed, an elephant stomped one poacher to death while the others scampered for safety.
“Initial investigations suspect that the deceased was killed by an elephant and left behind by his accomplices. Nothing was found except that body. We believe that he was trampled by elephants due to the nature of the injuries he sustained
“We had a similar incident last year where a man, a suspected poacher, was eaten by lions and only his skull was found,” Phaahla said.
Phaahla added that they believe the person who called to alert them of the man’s death, was his accomplices as they wanted his body to be found.
“No animal was killed in the immediate vicinity. Kruger National Park management continues to warn poachers that it is dangerous to hunt illegally in the park. Criminals stand to lose their lives and freedom,” the statement further read.
Phaahla said the elephant spared the man’s cell phone which rangers have turned over to police to aid their efforts to track down his fellow poachers.
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