(Meredith) -- A man was found mauled to death by lions on a private reserve in South Africa leaving only his head untouched. The Sun reports the incident occurred at the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve near Limpopo, South Africa.
Nature reserve staff were first alerted to the accident by the man's screams, but after chasing off the lions only the man's head remained. At first, the man was thought to be an employee of the nature reserve, but that man was soon found to be alive and well. A hunting rifle found nearby suggests the man was likely a poacher. He has not been identified.
Lion bones and teeth are highly prized in the far east, where a skeleton can sell for nearly $10,000.