A man attempting to poach a rhino in the Kruger National Park was crushed to death by an elephant before being eaten by a pride of lions leaving behind his skull and a pair of pants.
Three of the victim’s friends ran away after the victim was crushed by the elephant and rang his family.
The victim’s family contacted the park’s ranger service who launched a search on foot on Wednesday.
The Kruger National Park Air Wing also searched for the victim’s body but had to return to base due to failing light.
On Thursday, the search for the missing man was resumed.
According to Don English, Skukuza Regional Ranger, the man’s body was recovered near the Crocodile bridge section of the park.
According to Mr English: ‘Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants.’
Glenn Phillips, managing executive of the reserve said: ‘Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that. Full report.