When you’re big game hunting you accept the fact that you may not come back alive. There have been countless stories of hunters, who may not have been as experienced as they thought, ending up becoming food for the animal they were hunting. This was put on full display in Kruger National Park.
A group of five poachers entered Kruger National Park in South Africa with the hopes of killing an endangered rhino. One of the poachers, whose name was not released, ended up meeting his demise after he was trampled to death by a group of angry elephants that surprised the poachers as they were about to shoot the prized rhino.
According to The Mirror, shocked that their friend was just killed in front of them, the remaining poachers then proceeded to scramble in different directions in the hopes of getting away from the angry elephants.
Amidst the chaos, the man who was just killed was left there. Local law enforcement arrested the other four men later in the day when they returned to try and retrieve their friend’s body. Multiple police officers searched for the man’s body but were unable to find it before nightfall.
The next morning, officers probed the other four poachers to get an exact location where the trampling took place. According to The Sun, officers proceeded to an area known as Crocodile Bridge where they found only the head of the deceased man.
Apparently, karma is at work even in the jungle as the man’s body was apparently found by a pride of lions who ate him, leaving only his clothes and his dismembered head.
Glenn Phillips, a KNP managing executive, explained why they discourage poachers from entering their park. “Entering the Kruger illegally and on foot is not wise as it holds very many dangers and this incident is clear evidence of that. It was very sad to see the daughters of the deceased man mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains.”
The other four men remain in police custody and will appear in front of a judge on poaching charges.