Police stated that in a private game park, lions killed and ate a poacher, leaving only his head and other remains. Namely, the police revealed that a poacher was killed and eaten by a lion pride while he was hunting near the South African Kruger National Park. It is one of the largest game reserves for buffalos, elephants, rhinos, leopards and lions.

At the weekend, at a private park close to Hoedspruit in Limpopo, where a lion pride have been seen recently, his head and other remains from his body were found in a bush. It is considered that the poacher was hunting in a private game park while he was attacked and murdered by the lion pride.

Moatshe Ngoepe, a spokesman at the police in Limpopo, stated that nearly all his body was eaten by the lions, leaving only his head and other remains. On Saturday morning, near his body, a hunting rifle had been found. Police is trying to identify the victim.

Last year, a few lions were found poisoned in Limpopo. Parts of the body of the lions are used in the traditional medicine. Poachers attack rhinoceroses in the games park in South Africa in order to satisfy the need for rhino horn in Vietnam, China and other Asian countries, where it is considered to have medicinal effects.

African Sangomas also use parts of lions’ bodies in their incantations and spells.

A well-known traditional healer from Limpopo, who wanted to stay anonymous, stated that some parts of the lions’ bodies were used as powerful muti to cast a spell in order to protect people from uncommon ailments. In addition, the muti is also used to protect people from attacks and to scare their enemies. The healer added that they would use the heart of the adrenal glands, too.

Other traditional healers also use the brain of the lions in order to become respected, strong and feared from the people. Poaching is a great issue in South Africa, because the bones of the lions are sold for £7.000, their teeth for £500, whereas their skin for £3.000.

According to the WWF, there are about 20.000 African lions in the wilderness and almost 75 % of their population is in decrease. If they keep on being killed at this rate, they could be extinct by 2050.

Reference:

  1. metro.co.uk