After being consumed by lions, the body parts of a suspected rhino poacher were discovered on the grounds of South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
A suspected rhino poacher was trampled to death by an elephant before being devoured by a pride of hungry lions in a nasty twist of fate that is tragic and karma-filled. The incident took place at Kruger National Park in South Africa.
The South African Police Service said in a statement that the poacher’s relatives informed local authorities of his untimely death. The poacher’s three companions, who were with him when he was crushed by an elephant, had initially gotten in touch with them.
In order for the dead poacher’s body to be collected, the surviving gang of poachers had informed the man’s family about the occurrence.
A search party was sent out on foot throughout the park grounds by park rangers in response to the family’s report to Kruger National Park officials. The Kruger National Park Air Wing also conducted a bird’s-eye search for the victim’s body, but was forced to land at the base because of light loss, according to the Daily Mail.
Before park authorities could find what was remained of the victim, it took two days.
According to clues left at the scene, a pride of lions may have consumed the corpses, leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants behind, according to Skukuza Regional Ranger Don English. The poacher’s remains, he continued, had been discovered not far from the park’s Crocodile Bridge portion.
Following the finding, The Reserve’s managing executive Glenn Phillips issued a statement warning both the general public and potential poachers of the threat the park’s animals pose.
According to Phillips in the statement, “entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not prudent, it holds many dangers, and this occurrence is evidence of that.” It is really terrible to see the deceased man’s daughters grieving for their father and, to make matters worse, to learn that they were able to salvage only a little portion of his remains.
What happened to the poacher’s surviving accomplices? The neighborhood police department initiated a coordinated intelligence-driven search for the eluding accomplices. The three guys, who ranged in age from 26 to 35, were later located and taken into custody in the Kamhlushwa and Komatipoort precincts. Two hunting rifles and ammo were taken during the arrests by the South African Police Service.
The poaching suspects were indicted yesterday at the Komatipoort Magistrate’s Court on a number of counts, including trespassing, possessing weapons and ammunition without a permit, and conspiring to poach.
Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve on the planet, is nonetheless plagued by serious problems with wildlife poaching. For the death of either Black rhinos or ordinary rhinos, also referred to as square-lipped rhinos, a punishment of $120,000 has been imposed by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources as the most recent sanctions for the poaching of wild animals.
The Ministry has also established additional fines for poaching, including $1,000 for killing zebra, $6,000 for killing buffalo, and $20,000 for poaching elephants.. Equivalent prison sentences would be imposed if any of these fines were not paid.
These large penalties and prison terms are insufficient to protect the park’s animals, though, like many other sites in Africa where harsh legal sanctions have failed to dissuade hunters and poachers.
According to a Wild Aid survey, 93 percent of South Africans feel that rhino poaching affects everyone in the country because it accounts for 80 percent of the world’s rhino population.
However, due to poaching, the animal’s population has significantly decreased during the past ten years or so. One thousand rhinos may be poached each year, according to estimates.
While some poachers have been apprehended and sentenced to significant prison terms for their crimes against the increasingly vulnerable creatures of nature, the middlemen and criminal gangs that continue the poaching trade have often escaped punishment.