South African Police Retrieve Head Of Rhino Poacher Killed By Elephant

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Suspected rhino poacher killed by elephant, eaten by lions in South Africa: authorities

An elephant has killed a suspected poacher and lions have eaten his remains, with a human skull and a pair of trousers all that authorities have been able to recover.

Relatives notified the park ranger at the national park where a search party struggled to find the body but eventually found a human skull and a pair of pants on Thursday.

Three of the victim's friends ran away after the victim was crushed by the elephant in Kruger National Park and rang his family, the Daily Mail reported.

The family then called Skukuza regional ranger Don English, who, after assuring the family that he would do everything possible to recover the remains and bring them closure, arranged a search party.

"During this search ... the remains of a body were discovered", South African National Parks said in a statement.

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As for the suspected poacher's accomplices, four individuals were also arrested and they're now in police custody.

According to reports at the time of the incident, the men were trying to hunt an endangered rhino.

A helicopter takes off from near the carcass of a poached and mutilated white rhino that was found on the banks of a river at Kruger National Park, Sept. 12, 2014. They then fled the park and were arrested after a joint intelligence operation by police. During the operation, two.375 hunting rifles and ammunition were seized.

The suspects appeared in the Komatipoort Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of possession of firearms and ammunition without a licence, conspiracy to poach as well as trespassing.

Managing executive of Kruger National Park, Glenn Phillips, commended the search party for their help and expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased.

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