Limpopo lion attack victim believed to be suspected poacher

Lions kill suspected poacher in Limpopo

Limpopo lion attack victim believed to be suspected poacher

So perhaps we can chalk this story up to one for Team Lion, because over the weekend the remains of a man suspected of poaching was found near Kruger National Park in South Africa, after having been mauled and eaten by a pack of lions.

The hunter was heard to scream for help as the animals attacked, but before help could arrive the lions had killed and eaten most of the man - leaving his head untouched.

"It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions", Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.

Police Lieutenant-Colonel 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".

"The police in Hoedspruit outside Phalaborwa are investigating an inquest case after a 46-year-old man was attacked and killed by lions near Hoedspruit‚" the police said in a statement.

While an unnamed worker at a nearby reserved confirmed: "The head was still there but the lions had eaten most of the rest. They ate his body, almost all of it, and just left his head and some remains", Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.

It was reported earlier that authorities thought the body belonged to the driver of a tractor, who had gone missing, but he has since been found alive.

Lion teeth and bones can fetch thousands of pounds in east Asia, where they are a component in traditional medicines, often as a substitute for increasingly rare tiger bones.

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