Poacher who spent his life murdering animals is eaten by lions.
An African poacher who had dedicated his life to killing animals was killed when a pack of lions devoured him.
Reports state that his remains where found in the private poaching park Hoedspruit, in Limpopo, South Africa.
Witnesses claim that all that was left was the poachers head after he was set upon by the animals.
Despite dwindling animal populations and a decline in the demand for animal body parts worldwide, poaching in Africa still occurs regularly. The African lion population has declined 42% in the last 20 years.
Limpopo police officer Moatshe Ngoepe said:
“It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains.”
The man has yet to be identified, and police say due to the nature of his death it could be some time before his identity is revealed.
Because poaching is a highly controversial act, many poachers like to keep their identity secret, and do not admit to their actions. A rifle was found next to this man’s remains, which is a pretty big clue as to what he was up to.
This event happened near to the well-known Kruger National Park. Last year in the same region a number of lions were found poisoned, and with their heads and paws cut off.
You might wonder who would be interested in buying a dead lions head or paw, but unbelievably in certain parts of the under developed world ‘healers’ use animal parts in their traditional medicine practices.
Lions are not the only animals that have to live with the constant fear of poaching in the region. Rhinoceroses and elephants are also brutally murdered for their horns and tusks. In places like Vietnam, China, and parts of Asian people still believe that rhino horn has ‘medicinal qualities’.
Humans like to think they have the upper hand when it comes to the animal kingdom. We have enslaved animals and used them for our own means for thousands of years, and the invention of automatic weapons only made the chase easier for us.
But these lions have proven that even with the most sophisticated of weapons, sometimes the quickness of the animal mind is more than enough to outsmart an over-evolved chimp with a gun.