An alleged poacher was arrested soon after being trampled by elephants in the Kruger National Park earlier on Sunday, reports the Lowvelder.
According to SANParks’ media specialist Ike Phaahla, the man was confirmed to be part of a poaching group.
“He was arrested by the SAPS after he was injured while running away from elephants,” Phaahla said.
The incident happened on the S21 (marked on the map below) in the park near Skukuza, the park’s biggest rest camp.
On Thursday, SANParks announced the fatal shooting of a field ranger in the park in a poaching incident.
According to reports, the ranger and his colleagues made contact with a poaching group they had been tracking, supported by the K9 unit. As they approached the group, shots were exchanged, seriously injuring the ranger in the upper body. A doctor was flown in to stabilise him but he succumbed to his injuries en route to hospital.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) confirmed the man’s death.
“The field ranger and his colleagues made contact with a poaching group that they had been tracking‚ supported by the K9 Unit‚” said SANParks spokesman Ike Phaahla.
“It appears as they approached the group‚ shots were exchanged‚ seriously injuring him in the upper body.”
A doctor was immediately flown in‚ and while they stabilised the man at the scene he died en route to the hospital.
The SAPS was busy with further investigations.
The incident comes barely two weeks after three suspected poachers who were apparently hunting for rhinos have been mauled to death and eaten by lions at a game reserve in the Eastern Cape.
The men entered the Sibuya Game Reserve on the southeast coast armed with a high-powered rifle and an axe in the early hours of Monday and were found dismembered the following day.
"They strayed into a pride of lions – it's a big pride so they didn't have too much time," reserve owner Nick Fox, 60, told AFP.