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Kruger National Park elephants trample poacher to death

Andile Sicetsha - 19.04.2021

A herd of elephants from the Kruger National Park have been lauded for trampling a poacher to death, on Sunday.

A poacher received the worst form of karma when he was trampled by a herd of elephants in the Kruger National Park, on Sunday.

Kruger National Park elephants trample and kill poacher

According to the South African National Parks (SANParks), the deceased suspect was part of a trio of poachers who had a nighmarish encounter with breeding elephants in one of Africa’s largest game reserves.

The poachers, it’s said, were in the midst of escaping a group of armed rangers when they ran into the herd of elephants who, at best, were not welcoming of ‘guests’.

One of the suspects was cornered and arrested by the rangers. According to SANParks, he informed them of the trio’s horrific encounter with the elephants and pleaded for help in locating the other two poachers.

“The rangers discovered his accomplice badly trampled and who had unfortunately succumbed to his injuries,” SANParks explained in a statement.

What happened to the third poacher?

A search for the third poacher was not as fruitful. At this time, it’s believed he either managed to conjure an escape or fell victim to many of the Kruger’s wild animals.

“The third suspect is said to have been injured in the eye but continued to flee. A rifle was recovered and the case was referred to police, whom together with the pathology team attended to the scene,” SANParks added.

For the elephants, the death of the poacher has been marked off as a natural circumstance to being at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

The suspect in custody has been remanded in jail and will play a central role in tracking down the third suspect who is believed to be at large.