Man killed by lions in Limpopo is identified

Man killed by lions in Limpopo is identified

According to AFP, human remains were found over the weekend at a private game park near Hoedspruit in the northern province of Limpopo, close to the Kruger National Park, officials said. Two survived the attack and escaped.

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

He was positively identified by his sister-in-law in the Maphutha Malatji Hospital motuary in Namakgale outside Phalaborwa.

"The [sister-in-law] alleged that she received a call from her family members in Mozambique who gave her the report from the two men that the deceased was killed by lions in South Africa and she must go and check with the police", Ngoepe said.

"The process of identifying the deceased has already commenced and it might be made possible by the fact that his head is amongst the remains that were found at the scene", said Ngoepe.

"Subsequent to the discovery of the suspect, police in Hoedspruit, outside Phalaborwa have since opened an inquest case for further investigations", he concluded.


The alarm was raised when the poacher's screams for help were heard but the lions quickly killed the man and devoured nearly all his body before being chased off by gunshots.

Lynam was told that the suspected poacher had been killed and that not a lot was left of him - mainly just his head.

"Two.456 big game rifles and ammunition were found at the scene and that is the weapon of choice of big game hunters and is used by those hunting big cats or elephant and rhino in the bush".

The region has previously seen a higher number of rhinoceros poaching. The thick cover makes it hard to catch poachers so it looks like in this case that poetic justice was served.

It is estimated that less than 20,000 African lions remain in the wild.

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