Natural justice: Hunter may have been eaten by crocs

Human remains were found inside two crocodiles.

Scott van Zyl had been missing since last week after he went on a hunting safari in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

However, at some point it is believed that van Zyl and the Zimbabwean tracker left the safety of their truck and walked in different locations into the bush.

Van Zyl vanished last week while hunting along the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe.

A GoFundMe page raised over $40,000 to help meet the costs of the effort, which involved $850 per hour helicopters to search the grounds.

Human remains have been found in two reptiles.

Sakkie Louwrens, a member of one of the search teams, said police suspected two Nile crocodiles may have eaten Van Zyl.

A formal investigation has been launched by police and DNA results to confirm the identity of the remains are expected within two weeks.

Forensic experts are testing whether the remains belong to Zyl and the tracker.

Village headman Muziwakhe Ndlovu told the state-run Chronicle that the boy was the fourth person to die from crocodile attacks in that river this month.

Heavy rains have led crocodiles to turn up in unexpected rivers.

Nile crocodiles typically feed on fish, antelope and zebra, which they snatch from the shallows and before engaging in a twirling, drowning method known as "the death roll".

In November, last year a 13 year old boy who was fishing to pay for his school fees was killed by a crocodile in southern Zimbabwe.

  • Carolyn Briggs