An elephant killed a suspected poacher after running over him in South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, center spokesman Isaac Phaahla told AFP on Friday.

The mutilated body of the victim was discovered Thursday during an operation to prevent this illegal practice.

But before any mammal was injured, an elephant killed the poacher while the others fled, Phaahla explained.

“Initial investigations suspect that the deceased was attacked by an elephant and was left behind by his accomplices,” the spokesperson added.

Rangers found the victim’s cell phone which was turned over to police to facilitate the search for the poaching partners.

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