Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Jungle Justice - poacher killed by elephant and eaten by lions

A brief in Time magazine alerted Mrs. Scriber to this story. I’m using the CNN version, Suspected rhino poacher is killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in South Africa.

Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said.

The incident happened after the man entered the park Monday with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement.

An elephant “suddenly” attacked the alleged poacher, killing him, and “his accomplices claimed to have carried his body to the road so that passersby could find it in the morning. They then vanished from the Park,” police said.

His family were notified of his death late Tuesday by his fellow poachers, and a search party set out to recover the body. Rangers scoured on foot and police flew over the area, but because of failing light it could not be found.

The search resumed Thursday morning and, with the help of added field rangers, police discovered what was left of his body.

Police say they arrested three men and seized guns following the alleged poacher’s death.

“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,” the statement said.

Glenn Phillips, the managing executive of Kruger National Park, extended his condolences to the man’s family.

OK, I understand that economic circumstances drive poaching at all levels - from the guys who get rich selling rhino horns to Asians who believe stupid sh!t about rhino horns to the poachers on the ground doing it to feed their families. That said, I’m going off the rails and be politically incorrect for a few words. Here’s the score framed in The Law of the Jungle. Elephants 1, Lions 1, Rhinos 100s, Poacher zip, zero, nada. This guy knew exactly what he was doing was illegal. Add to the score list from Scriber: Sympathy zero.

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