A suspected poacher was probably trampled to death by an elephant in South Africa's renowned Kruger National Park (KNP), according to officials.
A park spokesperson said in a statement on Friday that rangers had found the body of a suspected poacher on Thursday in an "intelligence driven operation" in Kruger's Stolsnek area.
Rangers found the body after following tracks on the ground, the spokesperson said.
Officials said it appears that the individual was killed by an elephant and left behind by his accomplices.
"No animal was killed in the immediate vicinity," the spokesperson, Isaac Phaahla, said. "KNP Management continues to warn poachers that it is dangerous to hunt illegally in the KNP. Criminals stand to lose their lives and freedom."
Phaahla said the search for the suspected poacher had begun after rangers received a call on their emergency number about a body in the park, South African media outlet News24 reported.