A suspected poacher was found dead after reportedly being trampled by an elephant in South Africa, said a report by AFP.
The man’s mangled body was reportedly found on October 21, 2021, at the Kruger National Park (KNP).
The dead body was spotted during an intelligence operation aimed at tackling poaching.
A report said that elephant did not damage the mobile of the poacher.
The phone has been handed over to the police with hopes of tracking down the accomplices of the man.
Isaac Phaahla, the spokesperson of the park, said:
Initial investigations suspect that the deceased was killed by an elephant and left behind by his accomplices. No animal was killed in the immediate vicinity. KNP management continues to warn poachers that it is dangerous to hunt illegally in the KNP. Criminals stand to lose their lives and freedom.
The thing is, this is not the first time that such incident has happened.
Isaac said that last year, a suspected poacher was eaten by lions and they only got to find his skull.
Talking about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Isaac said:
They are nocturnal animals and it is not unusual for them to sleep during the day, what is unusual is the utilisation of the tarred road because normally if there is traffic, they would not be using the tarred road.
They did not reveal any other information about the poacher that was killed on October of this year.