Suspected poacher trampled to death by elephants in South African national park
- A suspected rhino poacher was killed by a herd of breeding
elephantsat South Africa's Kruger National Park.
- The man was accompanied by three other
- Officials say one suspect was arrested while another was wounded but escaped officials.
A suspected rhino poacher was trampled to death by a herd of elephants, and several other poaching suspects armed with hunting rifles were arrested by authorities at South Africa's Kruger National Park last weekend.A statement released by South African National Parks said that the three suspected poachers were attempting to flee park rangers when they ran into the herd of elephants. The park rangers called for support from the South African Police Service Air Wing and one suspect was arrested.
"We hope the arrests send a strong message to poachers that we are determined to stop them in their tracks within the Park," Gareth Coleman, managing executive of the Kruger National Park said.Kruger National Park, which is one of Africa's largest wildlife preserves, is said to be home to an estimated 4,000 rhinos who are often targeted by poachers for their horns, which are in high demand for the production of traditional medicines mainly in East Asian countries such as China and Vietnam.
This isn't the first time poachers have been wounded or killed by Elephants at Kruger National Park. In 2019, a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and officials said his remains were "devoured" by a pride of lions. A search for the man's remains uncovered only a human skull and a pair of pants. Later, four of the dead man's accomplices were arrested by authorities.
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