Elephants kill suspected poacher at South African national park, officials say


A suspected poacher was trampled to death by a herd of elephants in South Africa over the weekend, according to national park officials.

The man and two alleged accomplices tried to run away when rangers spotted them at Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves, on Saturday, South African National Parks said in a statement.

Rangers requested backup from the Airwing and K9 unit and when the suspects realized they had been spotted, they dropped an axe, and a bag with their provisions “in an attempt to escape,” the statement added. 

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Elephants are pictured in the nearby Kruger National Park on November 26, 2020, in Malelane, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Elephants are pictured in the nearby Kruger National Park on November 26, 2020, in Malelane, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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