Let’s chalk this up to the cosmic karma lesson of the day — the remains of a man who was suspected of entering a private game reserve to poach lions was found after the big cats ate everything but his head.
Police in Limpopo, South Africa say a 46-year-old man was mauled to death Friday night just outside of Kruger National Park. Officials also found a rifle and ammunition near his almost-completely consumed remains.
The man has not been identified, but police said “It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions,” and added, “They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains.”
Lion poaching has been increasingly popular in South Africa, where paws and heads are cut off big game animals and claimed as morbid prizes. In 2015 the issue went viral after a sport hunter killed Cecil the lion at another South African game reserve.
Kruger National Park is also the location of one of the coolest animal videos on YouTube documenting an intense standoff and battle between lions, water buffalo and crocodiles.