Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after the suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South Africa 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 that so that passerby, could find it in the morning. They then banished 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 scored on foot and police flew over the area, but because of the failing light he 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 fall in the alleged poachers 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.