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Suspected Big-Game Poacher Devoured by Lions… Except for His Head

Once the facts in this case are confirmed, I might file this story under “poetic justice”… or maybe just “Karma’s a Bitch.”

According to South Africa’s Eyewitness News, a few scraps of human remains were found last Friday at Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve, near the famous Kruger National Park in the South African province of Limpopo. Apparently the victim — who has not been formally identified as of this writing — had been almost completely devoured by a pride of lions.

“They ate his body, nearly all of it,” said Moatshe Ngoepe, spokesman for Limpopo police, in a statement to the press. “[They] just left his head and some remains.”

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Further evidence included a loaded hunting rifle and more ammo — likely pinpointing the man as one of many poachers in the region who have been shooting cats on the preserve, selling the animals’ body parts on the black market. Lion bones, claws and teeth are a hot commodity; big-cat organs are also used in traditional medicines, known as muti.

National Geographic reports big-cat poaching has been on the rise worldwide since 2016… and the demand for these illegal ingredients comes from multiple continents.