Elephants trample to death a suspected poacher

Library picture: Kurger Park elephant

A poacher has been trampled to death by a herd in the Kruger National Park.

Rangers spotted three suspected poachers and gave chase.

One was captured and another escaped.

But the third ran into a herd of elephants.

His body was found later.

The three men were thought to be hunting rhinos for their horns.

Rangers discovered an axe and a rifle.

Gareth Coleman, of the Kruger National Park, said:

“The campaign against poaching is the responsibility of all of us.

“It threatens many livelihoods, destroys families, and takes much-needed resources to fight crime, which could be used for creating jobs and development.”

About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV’s Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.