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Rhino Poacher Dead, Stomped by an Elephant and Digested by Lions

by | April 13, 2019

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
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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.

No traces of the body found, save a pair of pants and skull
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Rhino Poacher Dead, Stamped by Elephant and Eaten by Lion While Poaching

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.

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Rhino Poacher Dead, Stamped by Elephant and Eaten by Lion While Poaching

“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.

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Rhino Poacher Dead, Stamped by Elephant and Eaten by Lion While Poaching

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.

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7 Responses to “Rhino Poacher Dead, Stomped by an Elephant and Digested by Lions”

  1. B.zigler
    April 14th, 2019 @ 9:39 am

    I agree a 100%.and i think there should be a law against hunters who pay to go over there and kill for their own selfish reasons.Its just wrong.

  2. Jen
    April 14th, 2019 @ 10:25 am

    Killing the rhinos like this is evil bc its completely unnecessary.

  3. John Robert Lauren
    April 14th, 2019 @ 11:42 am

    Proverbs 12:10 says, “Righteous persons care for the needs of their creatures but the kindest act of a wocked person is cruel,” therefore, teachings to our youth are very important as is continuous investments in group prayers. Continued safety be to our presentday rhino population and improvements in creative ideas/concepts be to anyone needy such they will be compelled a better route of income then illigel poaching thru Christ’s name we humbly pray to God Almighty?”

  4. Juan c
    April 14th, 2019 @ 4:06 pm

    I offer the family my sincere condolences , just wish that this was in different terms, I know people have to make a living by doing things like this but did it really happen the way they said it did2or did the other poachers know something else they aren’t saying exactly what happened how come they didn’t do anything to help the guy out off the situation, maybe the other poachers shoot him rather accidentally or to shut him up about something that he didn’t agree with them, an thats how come he end up getting stomp by the elefant supposed, an eating by the lions. That’s one way to cover their tracks, with no major body parts left to actually check an the other poachers stiking to their story no one knows for sure what happened with only the torn pants an skull found that’s very sad for the family. An a way out for the poachers.

  5. Kevin Duffey
    April 14th, 2019 @ 7:41 pm

    It’s called Karma

  6. Fran Aperones, J.D.
    April 14th, 2019 @ 8:42 pm

    All of such ignorance is more than mere tradition, in my opinion. So many humans are so “sub” intelligent — I need to interact with many different types of people of varying ages & socio-economic backgrounds & lately am finding less and less innate intelligence! I had worked all my life with very highly educated people & never noticed this, of course, among the brightest of our country. This is alarming to me. I wonder COULD A MAJOR CAMPAIGN of totally blanketing people everywhere with some concept of taking PRIDE in opening one’s mind to MORE INFORMATION & UTILIZING THAT INFORMATION IN YOUR DAILY LIFE–could THAT have any effect?? OF LATE, with our current President glorifying ignorance, lack of any logic, & allegedly trying to be the “friend” to the “common man” he is not only encouraging a type of pride in least education, least ability to “think” & encouraging pride in staying uninformed as though this is some badge of honor! IT ISN’T! PURPOSEFUL IGNORANCE IN A TIME OF “GOOGLE” WHEN ALL INFORMATION CAN BE AT ONE’S FINGERTIPS AT A LIBRARY SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE RIDICULED AND CONFRONTED AS LAZY & AN ETHICAL WRONG!! I am now 75. Our GRADE SCHOOLS SHOULD ALREADY BE TEACHING A NEED TO TAKE PRIDE IN LEARNING — SPREAD THIS TO AFRICA!! PAY CHILDREN TO GO TO SCHOOL & LEARN ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS & INTELLIGENCE!! Everyone needs to learn this very early–very young– before ignorant others can influence them otherwise. In my opinion.

  7. Dorothy Dotta
    April 15th, 2019 @ 2:00 am

    I am sorry for the family but the man was so wrong animals of all kinds need to be protected. Why is someones ego so important to kill a animal that can’t shooy back
    I think we should hunt and shoot the poachers see how they like it and then their family his or.her head as a trophy

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