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Malibongwe Mfila, a park ranger pinpointing wild game for rich tourists was eaten alive after two lions ambushed him as he followed cheetah tracks.
He was mauled to death by the two young male lions at a luxury South African safari retreat on March 6.
He was 27 years old.
Malibongwe Mfila Eaten By Lions
The tragic animal tracker had seen the two cheetah’s tracks lead off the dirt road he had been traveling upon in his jeep before he exited the vehicle to track them on foot.
Mfila had been scouting out the 22,000-hectare grounds alone in his jeep at the Marataba Safari Lodge in the Marakele National Park, for signs of the Big 5.
Yet in a cruel twist of fate, just 20 meters away two young male lions were lying in wait camouflaged amongst the dense greenery of the safari sanctuary.
The pair leaped out and dragged the 27-year-old to the ground, before feasting on his body.
South African Police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed the young ranger was attacked and killed by the lions who were later shot.
“He was busy driving around in the bush looking for animals like elephants and lions in order to tell the guides were to do game drives.
“He reportedly stopped his vehicle and got out and as he was walking away from the road he was suddenly attacked and killed by two lions,” he explained.
Another driver in the park noticed the lions devouring the game tracking specialist before raising the alarm. The big cats were both immediately shot by the responding rangers.
Marataba’s Park Management confirmed two young male lions had been euthanized and that post mortems were being conducted out on both.
“When the lion acts like that, obviously it will repeat the same deed,” Mojapelo continued.
Staff at the park have been left “distraught” after the savage attack that killed their colleague, according to Fundisile Mketeni, the Chief Executive Officer at the South African National Parks authority.
SANParks spokesman Reynold Thakhuli said, “He was tracking wildlife as part of his usual duties for Marataba when he died.
“He was following up on cheetah tracks and appears to have alighted from the vehicle and had walked just 20 meters when he came upon two male lions.
“They attacked and killed him.”