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A PARC ranger who identified wildlife for wealthy tourists was eaten alive after two lions ambushed him while he stalked cheetahs.Malibongwe Mfila, 27, was mutilated to death by two young male lions on March 6 while on a luxury safari in South Africa.The tragic animal hunter had seen the tracks of the two cheetahs emerging from the dirt road on which he was driving his jeep before exiting the vehicle to follow them on foot.Mfila had explored the 22,000 acres alone in his jeep at the Marataba Safari Lodge in Marakele National Park, looking for signs of the Big 5.
In a horrible twist of fate, just 20 meters away, two young male lions hid camouflaged in the thick vegetation of the safari sanctuary.The couple jumped to their feet and knocked the 27-year-old to the ground before clinging to his body.
South African police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed that the young ranger was attacked and killed by lions who were later killed.
“He was busy driving through the bush looking for animals like elephants and lions to tell the guides where to go on safaris.
“He allegedly stopped his vehicle and got out. When he was leaving the road, he was suddenly attacked and killed by two lions, ”he said.
Another driver in the park saw the lions being devoured by the animal observer before sounding the alarm. The rangers who responded immediately shot the big cats.
The Marataba Park administration confirmed that two young male lions had been euthanized and that both had undergone an autopsy.
“Obviously, if the lion does this, he will repeat the same action,” Mojapelo continued.
According to Fundisile Mketeni, executive director of the South African National Parks Authority, park officials were “shocked” after the brutal attack that killed his colleague.
SANParks spokesman Reynold Thakhuli said: “He was following wildlife as part of his usual duties for Marataba when he died.”
“He was following the cheetah trail and it looks like he got out of the vehicle and was only walking 20 yards when he ran into two male lions.”
“They attacked and killed him.”
The CEO and owner of More Family Collection, Robert More, who runs a luxury accommodation valued at 750 pounds a night, paid tribute to the deceased stalker.
“Malibongwe was an integral part of the Marataba Luxury Lodges field pilot team and promised a very prosperous future.
“The Marataba family is devastated by the loss of him and we will all miss his good humor and natural talent here,” he said.
The Safari Lodge promises “nature around the corner” and is popular with well-heeled tourists who want to catch a glimpse of the Big 5.
The resort is a four-hour drive from Johannesburg, at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains in Limpopo province, home to lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos and elephants.
Malibongwe’s role as a ranger was to try to locate the animals before the radio relayed the details to the rangers for setup before safari trips.
Male lions can weigh up to 500 pounds, grow up to four feet tall, and seven feet long.Big cats are considered one of the most dangerous predators in Africa.