Suspected poacher eaten by lions in South Africa

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

The incident occurred at the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve in Hoedspruit, outside Phalaborwa.

When Cecil the lion was killed by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer in 2015, it brought global attention to the issue of big game poaching, but sadly, the detestable practice continues to be a problem.

A suspected poacher in South Africa was mauled to death and nearly completely eaten by a pack of lions, according to multiple media reports.

Police who made the grim discovery initially thought the remains may have belonged to one of the game reserve's workers - however, when they were accounted for, authorities realised it must have been a poacher.

A rifle was found nearby the mans remains, with it believed he was attempting to hunt the animals for their skeletons, skin and teeth before he was killed.

The lions ate most of the man's body apart from his head before they were chased off.

"It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions", Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.

Police are trying to establish the victim's identity. "They ate his body, almost all of it, and just left his head and some remains", Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.

"A scream was heard and the lions were scattered by the sound of gunshots but it was too late to do anything for him".

"His half lifeless body was saved after the lions were scared off by gun shots".