A big cat poacher has been killed and eaten by the pride of lions he was hunting illegally at a private game reserve in South Africa.
The hunter was heard screaming for help as he was attacked at the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve in Hoedspruit outside Phalaborwa.
But the lions quickly killed their victim and devoured most of his body before being chased off, leaving his head untouched.
Police at first thought the dead man was a tractor driver who worked at the game reserve.
But when he turned up alive, they realised he may have been a poacher. A hunting rifle was found close to what was left of the blood drenched body.
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Police in Limpopo have called in the Department of Home Affairs to help them to try to identify the dead man, who was not carrying documents.
Police Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said: ‘The process of identifying this body has already commenced and it might be made easier as his head was amongst the remains found at the scene’.
The owner of the reserve, who identified himself as Josh, however says he was told not to speak to the media because the police investigation was still under way.