Authorities in South Africa said they recovered the remains of a rhino poacher who was killed by an elephant before his remains were devoured by a pride of lions earlier this week.
The park service released a statement Friday saying the family of the victim said they were informed of his death by his alleged accomplices.
The family said they were told the victim had been “killed by an elephant” while he and his alleged accomplices were in Kruger National Park, which is located in northeastern South Africa and is one of Africa’s largest game reserves, to poach rhino on Tuesday.
The family then notified local police, who arranged a search party shortly thereafter, the park service said.
Officials were able to find the victim’s body after receiving further information when four of the victim’s alleged accomplices were arrested the day before.
“During this search, which was boosted with a further compliment of Field Rangers, the remains of a body were discovered,” the park service said. “Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants.”
The victim’s four alleged accomplices are currently in custody and will “appear in court in due course,” the park authorities added.