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Suspected poacher eaten by lions in South Africa

Last year, several lions were found poisoned near a farm in the northern province of Limpopo in South Africa with their heads and paws sawn off.

world Updated: Feb 12, 2018 17:39 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Johannesburg
File photo of lions in the Lion Park at Lanseria, northwest of Johannesburg, in June 2010.
File photo of lions in the Lion Park at Lanseria, northwest of Johannesburg, in June 2010.(Reuters)
         

A suspected poacher was mauled to death and eaten by a pack of lions close to the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police said on Monday, adding that little was left of the victim’s body.

The remains were found at the weekend in the bush at a private game park near Hoedspruit in the northern province of Limpopo, where animals have been poached in increasing numbers over recent years.

“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,” Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.

A loaded hunting rifle was found near the body on Saturday morning. Police are trying to establish the victim’s identity.

Last year, several lions were found poisoned near a farm in the same province with their heads and paws sawn off.

Lion body parts are used in traditional medicine.

Poachers also often target rhinoceroses in South Africa’s game parks to feed a booming demand for rhino horn in China, Vietnam and other Asian countries, where it is believed to have medicinal qualities.