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Poacher trampled to death by elephants in South African national park

Kruger National Park, South Africa - A suspected elephant poacher has been killed in South Africa's famous Kruger National Park.

The suspected poacher in Kruger National Park did not survive the encounter with a horde of elephants (stock image).
The suspected poacher in Kruger National Park did not survive the encounter with a horde of elephants (stock image).  © 123RF/utopia88

The poacher and two accomplices fled from park rangers and came across a herd of elephants with calves, the Sanparks National Park Authority said on Sunday, adding that the elephants trampled the man to death.

One of the accomplices was arrested while the third man escaped, they said. Rangers also recovered a rifle, an axe, and a bag of supplies.

The search for the third suspect continued Sunday afternoon.

Despite an international ban on ivory trade, tens of thousands of African elephants are killed each year for their tusks.

There are an estimated 415,000 elephants left on the continent, according to the animal rights group IUCN.

Kruger National Park is one of the most important tourist attractions in South Africa and is one of the largest national parks in Africa.

It is known for being home to a wide variety of wild animals such as elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos.

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