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  • Suspected Rhino Poacher is Trampled by Elephant, Eaten by Lions

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Published 7 April 2019
Opinion

In a odd twist of fate, a suspected rhino poacher found himself trampled and killed by an elephant and later eaten by a pride of lions. 

A suspected rhino poacher was recently trampled and killed by an elephant and later eaten by a pride of lions at the Kruger National Park in South Africa. 

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The unnamed man was first reported to be dead by fellow poachers, who later notified his family about his fate. 

Upon finding out about his death, the family quickly notified the Kruger National Park in order to retrieve his remains from the site. 

However, the search party had a difficult time trying to find his remains because a pride of lions had allegedly eaten him, leaving only his skull and trousers. 

The BBC said the managing executive of the park extended his condolences to the 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."

Rhino poaching has become a major problem in Africa, with several poachers looking profit off a rhino´s horn.

As reported by the BBC on Saturday, Hong Kong airport authorities seized the biggest haul of rhino horn in five years, valued at $2.1m (£1.6m).

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