Ele­phant kills poacher, li­ons de­vour his body

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MAPUTO, South Africa – Five sus­pected poach­ers en­tered Kruger Na­tional Park in South Africa last week to kill rhino liv­ing there, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

Only four of the men left alive.

The fifth was killed by an ele­phant and later “de­voured” by a pride of li­ons, park of­fi­cials said in a state­ment.

“En­ter­ing Kruger Na­tional Park il­le­gally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dan­gers and this in­ci­dent is ev­i­dence of that,” said Glenn Phillips, man­ag­ing ex­ec­u­tive of Kruger Na­tional Park.

The four al­leged poach­ers who sur­vived were ar­rested and will ap­pear in court “in due course,” the state­ment said. They will re­main in cus­tody un­til Fri­day, pend­ing bail, re­ported Times Live, a South African news site. Au­thor­i­ties have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged poacher’s death and ac­com­plices.

Park of­fi­cials did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment from the Wash­ing­ton Post.

– Wash­ing­ton Post

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