A big cat poacher has reportedly been killed and eaten by lions in South Africa.
According to the Daily Mail, the hunter was at the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve in Hoedspruit outside Phalaborwa when he was attacked and eaten by the pride he was attempting to hunt.
The hunter was heard to scream for help as the animals attacked, but before help could arrive the lions had killed and eaten most of the man - leaving his head untouched.
Police who made the grim discovery initially thought the remains may have belonged to one of the game reserve's workers - however, when they were accounted for, authorities realised it must have been a poacher.
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."
Another local, who works on a nearby reserve, added: "The head was still there but the lions had eaten most of the rest.
"A scream was heard and the lions were scattered by the sound of gunshots but it was too late to do anything for him. He was eaten."
He's not the first poacher to be attacked in recent months. In Nambia in October last year a rhino charged and injured a man who was alleged to have been tracking it.
Luteni Muhararukua and other alleged poachers entered the Etosha National Park illegally in the hopes of killing rhinos for their horns, which can be sold for thousands of pounds on the black market.
However, according to the Namibian newspaper, a rhino 'appeared from nowhere' and charged the man, causing a severe injury to his leg, which required hospital treatment.
In January last year, a 26-year-old man was also reported to have been trampled to death by elephants while poaching in Kerala, Indian.
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The Indian Express reported that four men had Thattekkad bird sanctuary in an attempt to poach elephants, but were caught up in a herd. One other man was left critically injured.
I think the moral of the story here is don't poach animals.
Source: Daily Mail