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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.
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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...

  11. Marlon says:

    Good

  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!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    What happened to the tracker? Hmmmm.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Yup.... Karma's a bitch!

  16. Anonymous says:

    but...but...it's the circle of life! isn't that what hunters and flesh eaters claim for the death of animals? SMH!

  17. Wyn says:

    Shame they bothered looking for the bastard.

  18. Wyn says:

    I'm sorry if that's his son in the photo, and sorry he had such a poor role model.... poor kid.

  19. Anonymous says:

    �������� awesome,,best thing I've heard all day

  20. Anonymous says:

    Sadly the croc had to die :(

  21. Do trophy hunters taste like chicken?

  22. TCinLA says:

    Karma bites. Too bad they had to kill the crocodiles, who were only doing what crocodiles do.

  23. souixs says:

    To bad they killed the crocodiles

  24. Stupid vengeful comments. He wasn't a poacher. He was a PROFESSIONAL HUNTER. The animals taken were not endangered. There is a process to cull herds and sell off licenses to pay for further management of the herds and lands. You are too short sighted and uninformed to realize that. Pathetic.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Screw off James Carmean! KARMA is a bitch and with your attitude yours should be interesting.

  26. Attila says:


    How about the dogs with him?! Any word on them? All trophy hunters should die horribly. Poor crocs!

  27. Seriously, what the fuck are human beings turning into?
    Regardless of what this man did that we dont like how dare anyone think its ok to write comments that say his death is great, his child had a bad role model etc..
    This man has family that will be suffering through such a tragedy knowing how he died and ignorant people just cant hold back with their venom...
    HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF THIS WERE YOUR FRIEND, BROTHER, FATHER, UNCLE OR COLLEGUE?
    iMAGINE YOU READING SUCH IGNORANT COMMENTS WHILE FEELING PAIN AND GRIEVING..
    GET A LITTLE BIT OF SELF RESPECT AND LEARN TTHAT YOUR COMMENTS ONLY REFLECT ON YOU AS A PERSON AND SHOW THE CONTENT OF YOUR CHARACTER..

  28. He died by those killed for sport. So be it. Karma worked in this case.
    Good Job...... :) :)

  29. Anonymous says:

    good shame all hunters don't suffer the same fate hunting just for sport is sick karma got it right this time good riddance

  30. Wil Davis says:

    Boo bloody hoo! (…is that a wikkid grin on the face of that croc? I hope it didn't suffer any indigestion!) 😁😅😅😅

  31. i hope they don't put up a fund to support his widow now...glad nature got some revenge finally.

  32. Pls give a trophy to croc for saving the ecosystem. ..thanks a lot

  33. De Anne says:

    As an animal activist I understand what some call management, however the money paid for permits to kill.. It is doubtful is used as wise as it could. There are so many poor managed projects from deforestation to culls. Nature has it's own ways of managing things. The black market is even worst.

  34. I say poor Steve Erwin cause he got killed by an animal and never harmed any of them. This guy made a sport out of killing animals. I can understand people hunting deer and other things to eat but just to have a head on your wall or to be able to say you shot it is crap. Someone probably pushed him in to get rid of him and what he was doing or to take his place so they could make the money he was making from doing these expeditions. Funny how they knew exactly which two crocodiles ate him. Anonymous tip. Lol

  35. accra0306 says:

    "It ain't no fun when the rabitt's got the gun."

  36. Anonymous says:

    Karma

  37. Anonymous says:

    Sorry the crocs died. As for him it's a relief to know he won't kill anymore innocent creatures. One less murderer in the world.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Best news I've heard for ages.

  39. Iyke A says:

    Even if what he did was wrong, you don't talk evil of the dead. Shame on you haters, fyi death is inevitable.

  40. Unknown says:

    As many have already said ... karma. To kill for no other reason than for pleasure and ego ... is indeed, only a HUMAN genetic trait. ALL OTHER LIFE FORMS ON THIS PLANET, KILL TO SURVIVE FOR FOOD ... To "Manage" ... nature does that quite well ... HUMANS NEED TO BE MANAGED ...

  41. Monika Dorelat says:

    Simone Cotterill ,if he was a relative of mine I would not want to know him and I would never be friends with any person that hunts and good triddens to him.����

  42. Anonymous says:

    Even in death he killed two crocs.. they didn't need to kill the crocs and open them up. They guy wasn't worth the lives of two more animals. Shameful disgusting and stupid decision. It didn't matter what happened to him. He was shit.

  43. What a croc of 💩 that the animals had to die. The idiot was even teaching his son to slaughter animals. Live by the sword, die by Crocs teeth....

  44. Me says:

    How does everyone know that it was wrong for him killing those animals. They could have been killing kids or livestock and needed to be stopped. Don't judge you don't have the right,they are only one that can judge. You are just as bad saying it is good that ahuman lost his life. What about his kids your saying all those bad things about their father. You are worst than any hunter. Just saying

  45. Serves him right And how were the remains found in the crocs? Were they now shot?

  46. Anonymous says:

    i truly condemn the action of always killing the animal for what?
    To verify? So a lot of people should be killed because they eat animals all the time. What about animals rights?
    These are wild animals which such strong instinct you cannot even understand, stay away or be eaten! Its circle of life!

  47. One last monster amongst us. You get what you deserve. Killing animals for fun endangered animals, as well. Not sad to hear about this.

  48. Circle of life. Guess he wasn't used to being hunted himself.

  49. ollymeg says:

    Is there a video available?, I do like movies with a happy ending.

  50. Anonymous says:

    QUE MARAVILHA... ISSO DEVERIA TER ACONTECIDO A MAIS TEMPO... QUANTOS ANIMAIS ESTARIAM VIVOS.

  51. Anonymous says:

    James Carmean apparently you dont even know which animals are endangered! Google it. Only trophy hunters believe their blood money is making africa rich & bringing endangered animals back to life.. .

  52. Anonymous says:

    Ha ha ha...

  53. Her deserved this. Animals in nature do not kill for fun, only humans. Sorry the croc was killed he did not deserve to die. He was just being a croc.

  54. patricia says:

    Prayers for his loved ones !

  55. That folks is what you call instant karma, he had it coming it’s what happens when we humans mess with Mother Nature good riddance to him.

  56. True Karma!!!

  57. True Karma at its finest!!!

  58. Unknown says:

    Anybody who places more value on an animal life than that of of a human had better be a over zealous vegan... otherwise they are a hypocritical sick sack of shit...

  59. Unknown says:

    As cruel as I may sound IDGAF cause jackass got what was coming to him for hunting endangered animals. Those crocs just played judge and jury!

  60. Unknown says:

    <3 karma.

  61. The law of to jungle rules!

  62. Anonymous says:

    so god

  63. Unknown says:

    Feel terrible that they killed the two crocs. What a waste.

  64. Anonymous says:

    Couldn't happen to a more deserving dirt bag. Rest in Pieces, Crocodile turd.

  65. Karma says:

    LOL, KARMA SHE'S A BITCH.

  66. Anonymous says:

    In some situations, Trophy hunting is rather helpful. Depending on if he was going through an origination (a good and organized one) majority of his money is helping other elephants.

    The animals in these trophy hunting companies are on private property and protected from poachers who are the ones actually effecting endangerment. The money that they get from snotty rich guys goes back to the African community and to breeding more endangered animals, protecting them, and giving them more land.

    It might be hard to hear and honestly, I don't think anyone would want to look this side of the argument up. Though this system works and it shows if you take the time and listen.

  67. Anonymous says:

    I find it unbelievable that you have no feeling for this man and his family! I think you're all just jumping on the band wagon and think you're funny. I feel sorry for him, all his family, and the crocodiles that ate him.

  68. Why kill the crocs? They were just being crocodiles. He should have had enough sense not to wonder into their territory. It would have eventually become clear he met his demise and was not coming back.

  69. Unknown says:

    Simone Couterill none of the people who support this Karmic Act would have friends or family who committed such attrocities against animals! He was Hitler to the animal kingdom. But you are accurate in asking "What have we, humans turned into?", however, as ur related to trophy hunting, not support the Animals Vengeance!!

  70. Karma....Too bad about the crocodiles, they did not deserve to die :(

  71. Unknown says:

    I hope he died in pain and was terrified. So should ALL scumbag hunters perish. KARMA

  72. Anonymous says:

    Another 1 Bites the Dust tra la la

  73. Pretty simple. He got what he gave. A shame they killed the crocs to look for his remains.

  74. Unknown says:

    and the excuse used by hunters like him is that they are doing it for sport. notice that instead of trully hunting as a sport is not being done, they use dogs to scare and flush the animals into the open where they can assassinate them.

  75. Wondering how many crocodiles they killed and cut open before their search for the van Zyl sushi was discovered in two. Why can't we just leave Nature alone.

  76. To James Carmean and others who pointed out that money from professional hunting goes back to helping the animals...my feeling is that that is a P. R. trick used to manipulate gullible or obtuse people. It is a common trick of the trade...the P.R. ...or rather P.M.(manipulation--or mind-f**k) deceptive lying trade.

  77. Anonymous says:

    Thank you dinosaur. Mother Earth didnt like the coward-Scott. All the animals are happy now of his end. He was just a shit.

  78. HElen says:

    I hope that krokodile did not have stomach ache later from the dirt he ate! Karma, thank you!

  79. mangia bene crocs!!!

  80. Jo Ellen says:

    God created all living creatures great or small. What goes around comes around. Sorry for his family's lost. He did not care about God's creation, our beauty to behold.

  81. Mr croc says:

    It’s so funny karma has no deadline well done karma ha ha

  82. Unknown says:

    Great News just a shame crocks had to die

  83. Unknown says:

    R.I.P.

  84. Unknown says:

    So why kill the crocodiles I wonder
    I hope his death was prolonged and painful as he deserved.

  85. Anonymous says:

    Tja.. hat er wohl leider Pech gehabt. Er hat genügend getötet. Wäre er Tierschützer gewesen wäre er vermutlich auch verschont geblieben. DAS IST KARMA!!

  86. Debbie says:

    What a fitting end

  87. Stefanie says:

    Congratulations to the remaining family!
    I hope you all read the lovely condolences, because thats exactly what he deserved.

  88. Unknown says:

    Awwwww...how awful! NOT!!!!!!

  89. Crystal says:

    He got what he deserved. The crocs should not have been killed though. They were doing what is in their nature to do.

  90. Unknown says:

    , as he was a seasoned hunter and should have known better than to get near croc infested waters. And to those that feel trophy hunting is good for the herd, BULL! The company he worked for reaped the profits Saddened for his family, suspicious of the circumstances.

  91. Anonymous says:

    LMAO!! I love, LOVE, it. Good riddance.

  92. I'm a pacifist and I am disgusted by someone who kills animals who were doing them no harm. Elephants are endangered, and Lions are close to being endangered.
    I feel bad for his family, but I won't lose any sleep over him. He had to know what he was doing was dangerous, ill advised and stupid. This time it was the animals time to win because he won't be out there taking any more animals lives and for that I am grateful. One less human hunter of elephants, lions and more.

  93. I am sorry for his family but they knew what he was doing as well and there are always risk in the wild. I personally believe what he was doing was wrong and I guess Karma finally decided enough is enough. Blood money is always tainted and hunting for sport is evil. Pride comes before a fall, and that fall happened. Treat other how YOU want to be treated. I hope this brings some fear to to others who kill innocent animals to hang their heads up on the wall!

  94. What goes around comes around

  95. Anonymous says:

    Elephants aren't endangered... Seems a bit far fetched

  96. Unknown says:

    Scuse me while i mourn.... for that poor crocodile having such a shitty meal.

  97. Anonymous says:

    You are some sick people if you value an animal's life over a human.
    It's like watching an action movie where several people are killed, and no one so much as flinches, but a dog gets hurt and everyone goes bat shit crazy.


  98. Anonymous says:

    Great hunters to use dogs to flush game! Use the human tracker's learned skills only to do the job and only hunt in privately stocked & owned properties. Let's hope they weren't using bait & the dogs to drive animals from protected areas into these pricey canned hunt farms that rich entitled babies like the Trump boys are infamous for gathering their "trophies." And I have never heard nor seen any proof that these "Trophy Hunting Companies" have ever donated funds or helped endangered species by breeding, etc. If this were true, there would be so much publicity. I don't even hear the crickets.

  99. good job croc.

  100. What a bunch of arse holes most of you are.

  101. Unknown says:

    Someone is dragging a red Herring a cross this PH tracks!

  102. Anonymous says:

    Stop feeling sorry for the ignorant hunters.
    You miss the point. They're mentality is a plague on the planet.
    Noone in their right mind will feel sorry for a bully that murders
    animals! All hunters need to drop dead, they are a waste of oxygen.

  103. Harry Deane says:

    Thanks for the lovely news. Who says that the news is all negative?

  104. Zura says:

    Well done crocks!!!

  105. What goes around comes around.... maybe if he were a better person who wouldn't of had to die like that. All murderers make excuses for why, please open your eyes.....

  106. We all get choices to make in life, he made a poor one.

  107. Anonymous says:

    Nature always finds its way

  108. Karma is a crock of shit and no such thing! With all those sick comments I think this is a Troll gathering.

  109. Unknown says:

    Good riddens! Really good news!

  110. Unknown says:

    Now thats good news! Good riddens!

  111. Anonymous says:

    GOOD JOB YOU SCUMMY PIECE OF SHIT!

    KARMA FKD YOU UP REAL GOOD! ������

  112. Anonymous says:

    Womp womp

  113. TLO says:

    Karma...............

  114. Unknown says:

    aint that a bitch!

  115. Anonymous says:

    He was a guide taking hunters on LEGAL hunts. I see no issue with his actions. Trophy hunts support the region, both financially to the government and employment, but also because in most cases the meat the animal gives is used to feed locals. The money the government gets in permit fees is used for conservation and research. Many locals have employment as helpers to the guides or in the lodging the guides generally offer.

  116. Anonymous says:

    I feel nothing for this demonic entity and more like that DEVIL needs to cease to exist!

  117. Anonymous says:

    Bon app, crocs)

  118. PATRICIA says:


    They had to kill the crocodiles to know if this killer's flesh was inside them? how unfair

  119. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous says: in response to this fellow

    05:33
    He was a guide taking hunters on LEGAL hunts. I see no issue with his actions. Trophy hunts support the region, both financially to the government and employment, but also because in most cases the meat the animal gives is used to feed locals. The money the government gets in permit fees is used for conservation and research. Many locals have employment as helpers to the guides or in the lodging the guides generally offer.

    My response to this: Then I see no issue with the croc's legally eating him as food.

  120. justme says:

    Sad for the crocodiles :(

  121. Hope his dogs made it out o.k.!

  122. Ai says:

    He understands the complete meaning of hunting at the end.

  123. Anonymous says:

    Crocs said: "Sushi bar is open boys !"

  124. Unknown says:

    Sorry for family but got what he deserved

  125. Isome says:

    All these anonymous posters outraged over the apathetic, if not gleeful, responses to this murderers death would be laughable if they weren't so annoying. So too are the propaganda spreaders who insist that hunters are conservationists, or that they're helping in some long term way. They're not.

    "The claims of hunting as conservation of endangered and threatened species also don’t stand up to scientific scrutiny. There aren’t any documented, peer-reviewed studies that show that lawful hunting does not overall disadvantage the species being hunted. Emerging studies, in fact, indicate that legal hunting can increase demand, promote black-market trade of sport-hunted animals and reduce the stigma associated with killing wildlife.

    The African elephant population has plummeted by 30 percent in seven years, with just 350,000 left in the world where once there were millions. The population of lions has declined by 42 percent, with just about 20,000 left. Additionally, a new study by Duke University found that poaching and habitat loss have reduced forest elephant populations in Central Africa by 63 percent since 2001."

    Find something else to destroy. Destroy yourselves. Pin a tail on your butt and hunt it down. It'll keep you busy.

  126. Anonymous says:

    They are animals we kill them and eat them. Don't whine on here. Cuddle up with your snowflake pillow and go to sleep. Gonna go put me a juicy steak on the grille and call it a night. What do you all wanna name it?

  127. Anonymous says:

    Family lost a loved one you insensitive cock sucking son of a bitches. You people are sick. I would not refer to you all as human beings y'all are lower than amphibians shit. Most of you people are so goddamn stupid you don't realize that the stuff that he shoots goes to feed villagers. The money he raised mostly goes to villagers. And I hope none of y'all call yourselves Christians because you are far from you sick son of a bitches.

  128. Seems appropriate. He got what he deserved. He treated these animals like their lives didn't matter. Tit for tat~you get what you give in this lifetime.

  129. Anonymous says:

    Good riddance!

  130. Great!!

  131. DENAY68 says:

    Good now I hope he is in that special place in Hell. Hate that they killed the Crocs though😭😭😭

  132. Anonymous says:

    You people saying your glad someone suffered a horrible death are sick. But I suppose at the same time you freak out when a cop shoots someone who is high on meth and is running towards them with a gun. Sure wish people would learn to use their frontal cortex.

  133. ZOSO says:

    So happy to hear this SCUM was eaten by Croc`s, but sad that they killed them just to see if this SCUM was inside them! Death TO ALL Trophy hunters!!!

  134. Anonymous says:

    He was probably murdered judging by the sketchy situation.

  135. Unknown says:

    ITS PRETTY OBVIOUSE MOST PEOPLE ARE WAKING UP TO ANIMAL CRUALTY BEING EVIL. THIS WHOLE EVENT OF TRADGITY TOOK ITS COURSE, WILL WE LEARN FROM IT...BEST DO!!!

  136. Unknown says:

    Mother Nature is not one who takes kindly to meddling in her affairs, be they environmental - water, air, terra firma - or organisms - from amoeba to homo sapiens. Why we don't respect her, and leave her to manage this planet as only she knows best, I don't understand. I'm sure she doesn't mind be studied, even to the point of being understood. Regardless, from me, a former (reformed hunter), "cameras work better than rifles !!!"

  137. Unknown says:

    KARMA HAS NO EXPIRATION DATE...YOU GOT YOURS YOURS!!

  138. Anonymous says:

    I GUESS HE HAD IT COMING, POOR CROCS

  139. Sometimes it's true that people get what they deserve.

  140. Unknown says:

    Serves him right. I'm just sorry they killed the crocodiles. You so very seldom get to actually witness karma in all of it's glorious splendor.

  141. Anonymous says:

    COOL!!great news for once. but the poor crocs had to die! stupid morons killed them to find that sorry piesce of shit. should have waited for the crocs to shit n then analyse the crap. hope more hunters die by the animals they target.

  142. Lucky says:

    I agree bad things happen all of the time. we should not be celebrating death. Yes, we all make decisions in life that set a platform for judgment.

    You all eat plants, animals, cows, chickens, turkey, and they are all alive before they are picked or slaughtered as food. Get over yourselves, the family has enough to deal with....

  143. Unknown says:

    Die, MTFCKR, die!!

  144. Karma hope he suffered

  145. Anonymous says:

    Could he be evading finacial debt? Or is someone related to him or even his company about to benefit from a Life Insurance pay-out? Just saying. Other than the unforseen hand of karma or mother nature, it quite a bit weird for man who understand animal behaviour, to then suddenly be taken surprise by animals ie crocs - except they could smell the death of their counterparts on him ie other animals, and then took revenge. Animals have sixth sense you know.

  146. Elephants don't hunt livestock for food! He had no need to hunt either. Why should his life be of more value than an endangered animal?

  147. Anonymous says:

    Karma is definently a bitch. The croc was judge and jury. Just sorry he had to die for doing his job. I applaude the croc. Hope this is a warning for any other hunters coming to invade their territory.

  148. Anonymous says:

    James Carmean he wasn't professional enough. It turned out the crocodile was more professional.

  149. Anonymous says:

    He lost his war this time against the animals. That is the price of war.

  150. To bad the alligator can't take picture of it killing and then eating the Trophy hunter who kills endangered elephants and lions, Seriously, karma is a bitch and that's what he gets.

  151. Anonymous says:

    The comments here are hilarious...how about the croc eating some of the IDIOTS walking around them enjoying the " wildlife" in its natural habitat??

  152. Unknown says:

    Good they figured out which crochet did it

  153. Unknown says:

    Awwwwww. Karma's a bitch, ain't it??!!

  154. Unknown says:

    Karma's a bitch!!!

  155. 😀 says:

    Maybe the croc was his spirit animal LOL just saying

  156. Anonymous says:

    Way to go karma! Can we point u to the others u do the same as well? ��

  157. Anonymous says:

    If hunting were forbiden, we'd have animals dying of deseeses and tranfering them to humans. Is that what you people wish for? Hunting maintains wildlife in good numbers, NOT so for poachers.

  158. Unknown says:

    GOOD NEWS.

  159. It's to bad that 2 crocs were killed for the officials to find possible human remains in them.

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