Rhino Poacher Dead, Stomped by an Elephant and Digested by Lions
What goes around, comes around. A recent incident proved that, where a supposed poacher died under the feet of an elephant while trying to poach a rhino. But wait, that’s not all. His body was savored by a pride of lions, and nothing of him was left to be discovered, save a pair of torn pants. Read on to learn more.
Rhino Poacher Dead, Stamped by Elephant and Eaten by Lion While Poaching
The incident took place on April 4th at Kruger National Park in South Africa. According to a press release by the National Park, the family of the poacher was informed about the death of the who was trying to poach a rhino. After learning about the loss of their family member, the family approached a regional forest ranger and asked for help to recover the body. Skukuza Regional Ranger, Don Engliah, the official whom the family approached, promised help to the highest extent possible.
A search was arranged, with rangers on foot and KNP Airwing flying over the suspected area of the incident (as described by the family) but unfortunately, the night had fallen by then, and the body couldn’t be located.
Four of the dead poacher’s accomplices were arrested on Tuesday evening by the Komatipoort SAPS, and on Thursday morning, the search for the body was resumed after gathering more information from the dead poacher’s arrested accomplices.
Wondering what came post search? The search was further boosted by more Field Rangers, and finally something was discovered. But it wasn’t the body, because reportedly, there was no body left at all. According to the official press release, indications on location of the incident led officials to believe that the body of the man who was already killed by elephants had been devoured by a pride of lions. Only the skull and a pair of pants were left. The case was immediately reported to the Skukuza police, and they further pondered on the matter.
“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 diseased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains,” said Glenn Phillips, Managing Executive of the KNP, while commenting on the incident. He extended his condolences to the family of the deceased.
Poaching is Villainous
Animals like elephants, rhinos and even tigers often fall prey of man’s flawed faith in deriving health benefits from animal’s body parts. Such claims have no scientific backing and thus is in no way justified. For instance, a rhino horn is valued at a price as hefty as $9000 in Asia. You can imagine the turnover of the poaching industry.
Chinese traditional medicine relies on rhino horns to treat a number of diseases and even snakebites. South Africa, home the latest number of rhinos in the world, is ever threatened by poaching activities, and what is unacceptable- nowadays the same is a status symbol as well. How sad it is. I wonder, we are the same humans who’ve managed to touch the moon and then I hear news like this where some of our species try to derive so-called medicinal value from these animals. The question is, are we so incapable of being able to find a way around these traditions? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.