Irony? Poetic justice? Karma? A suspected poacher was mauled and devoured by a pride of lions outside of Kruger National Park in South Africa.
The body (or what was left of it) was found next to a loaded rifle in the bush at a private game park close to the national park. Limpopo province has been a hot bed of poaching activity in recent years. Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe said,
“The process of identifying this body has already commenced and it might be made easier as his head was amongst the remains found at the scene.”
A local worker, from a nearby nature reserve, described the area as lion territory,
“The head was still there but the lions had eaten most of the rest. A scream was heard and the lions were scattered by the sound of gunshots but it was too late to do anything for him. He was eaten.”
If you think this is horrible, you’re not alone. But last year several lions were poisoned in this area by poachers who cut off their heads and paws.
Lions have always been used in Africa for everything from medicines to talismans for ceremonies, they have previously not been valued by China, whose black market used to prefer tiger parts. But lately the demand for lion parts have ramped up due to demand in Asia.
Lion populations throughout Africa have declined at least 42% over the past two decades, and they have all but disappeared from West Africa. (Photo, Wikimedia Commons; via Daily Mail)