Lions Eat Suspected Poacher in South Africa, Leaving Only His Head — and Internet Reacts: "Karma!"

Lions Eat Suspected Poacher in South Africa, Leaving Only His Head — and Internet Reacts: "Karma!"

The greusome story is going viral and provoking passionate responses.

By Alesandra Dubin

A man suspected to be a poacher of big cats has been killed by the animals near Kruger National Park in South Africa. According to reports originating with local police, lions left little of the man after the attack, save his head and other scarce body parts found over the weekend at a game park near Hoedspruit, according to BBC"It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains."

The man was first mistaken for a tractor driver, but that person was later found. The identity of the suspected poacher has not been established.

The story is going viral on social media for the passionate responses it provokes.

"Obviously you shouldn't celebrate someone's death. However when you're a terrible person (ex; a poacher contributing to the endangerment of species that the earth needs), don't expect good things to happen to you," according to one popular public Facebook comment.

Another called attention to the word "karma," so widely expressed among the feedback to the story: "What I find fascinating about this story is not that a pride of lions ate a poacher it's that the majority of people who responded seemed to assign 'karma' the credit. When did contemporary Americans adopt an ancient Hindu concept to explain everything? Seems like an epidemic of intellectual laziness has engulfed a significant sub set of our population."

Stories related to hunting of all kinds — pertaining to both the technically legal and of the poaching varieties — often provoke intense public response, such as public outrage over Donald Trump Jr.'s graphic safari photo.

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