Suspected poacher mauled, eaten by lions in South Africa

The lions devoured almost his entire body and only his bloodied head was left as a way to identify the man

The Limpopo police are looking for information on a man suspected to be a poacher‚ who was attacked by lions in a private nature reserve on Friday.

"His screams for help raised the alarm but the lions quickly killed the man and devoured most of his body before being chased off", says the London Evening Standard.

"Anyone who can assist the police on the identification of the deceased‚ may go to Hoedspruit Police".

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

He's not the first poacher to be attacked in recent months.

Police in Limpopo have called in the Department of Home Affairs to help them to try to find out who the dead man is.

Police initially believed that the body belonged to a tractor driver who worked on the reserve, but further investigation revealed that no staff members were missing.

Police are now attempting to identify the deceased, a task made easier "by the fact that his head is amongst the remains that were found at the scene", Ngoepe added.

According to the Daily Mail, the hunter was at the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve in Hoedspruit outside Phalaborwa when he was attacked and eaten by the pride he was attempting to hunt.

Lion bones and teeth are highly prized in the far east, where a skeleton can sell for almost $10,000.

"A scream was heard and the lions were scattered by the sound of gunshots but it was too late to do anything for him". A hunting rifle found nearby suggests the man was likely a poacher.



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