A 27-year-old tracker, who was scouting in a wildlife reserve in South Africa, was devoured by two young male lions on Saturday. This is what the police and the national authority responsible for parks have announced.
Malibongwe Mfila was looking for the locations of lions and elephants on Saturday to be able to advise guides for their next safaris in this mountainous reserve of the province of Limpopo (northeast). He is said to have stopped his car and decided to get out, for reasons as yet unknown, and to continue his research on foot. There, “he was suddenly attacked by two lions,” said Limpopo police general Motlafela Mojapelo.
The two slaughtered lions
“Another person driving inside the park noticed that these lions were devouring the dead and alerted the park manager,” he added. When the “rangers”, the park’s ranger, arrived on the scene, they shot and killed the two males who were still cutting their prey. According to General Mojapelo, this is the procedure in such a case. “If lions behave in this way, they can obviously repeat this behavior”, but they do not a priori lack food in this park in the middle of the southern summer.
The parks authority, SANParks, confirmed that the two lions were killed immediately for autopsy and that the incident had “shocked” the teams. The tracker worked for a luxury cabin hotel in Marakele National Park, which covers 67,000 hectares, some 250 km northwest of Johannesburg.