Crocodiles are thought to have eaten a South African hunter after human remains were found inside two animals.

Scott van Zyl disappeared last week after he went on a hunting safari in Zimbabwe. Accompanied by a pack of dogs and a Zimbabwean tracker, the professional hunter who organises trips for foreign clients is thought to have been eaten by crocodiles on the bank of the Limpopo River.

It is believed Mr van Zyl and his tracker left their truck and walked in different directions into the bush. The dogs later returned to the camp without Mr van Zyl, whose belongings were found inside the vehicle. Rescue teams were sent to search for the hunter and helicopters, trackers and divers all scoured the region.

His tracks were later spotted leading to the banks of the river and his backpack was located nearby. Sakkie Louwrens, a member of one of the search teams, said police suspected two Nile crocodiles may have eaten Mr Van Zyl.

“We found what could possibly be human remains in them,” he told The Telegraph. Forensic experts are currently testing whether the remains belong to Mr van Zyl.

The SS Pro Safaris website, owned by Mr van Zyl, states the company "has conducted numerous safaris" throughout Southern Africa. These include "elephants in Botswana to the smallest blue duiker in KwaZulu Natal".

It goes on to list buffalo, rhino, lions, leopards and antelopes as targets for hunts. There have been previous incidents in southern Zimbabwe of people being killed by crocodiles.

Responses to "Trophy hunter who kills endangered elephants and lions 'eaten by crocodiles'"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Everyone has the opportunity to do what is right and killinc animals just for pleasure or fun is incorrect, I say it was karma, sorry for him and his family.

  2. Unknown says:

    Seems appropriate!

  3. Anonymous says:

    And of course the crocodiles had to die.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh well...a dog eat dog world

  5. Anonymous says:

    Karma is a bitch!

  6. Anonymous says:

    You reap what you sow.

  7. Poor crocs probably got sick.. The human body has become a toxic waste site from eating flesh and lacteal secretions of other mammals.. It's why we have SO many hospitals and why every organ in the human body has its own specialist and research foundation! Sorry animals, humans are not nearly as superior to you as we assume, but for the fact we have vocal cords...

  8. Brilliant news, I'm very happy to hear it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This world can do without scum like him. Good riddance. Hope u liked wearing your crocodile coat!! Bet it was a tight fit in it. Lol

  10. It's a shame, about the crocs...

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  12. Anonymous says:

    He was probably suspected of being a poacher, murdered, and fed to the crocodiles so not to arouse suspicion of foul play.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hooray for nature! I think an overwhelming majority of humans would help these animals rid the earth of these hunters if it wasn't illegal - for humans to do so. So go for it nature!!

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