Scott van Zyl, a 44 year old South African Hunter, met his unfortunate end after being eaten alive by crocodiles. A man with his experience would not have been an easy target, but people are always at risk when interacting with wild animals.
He mysteriously vanished from his safari hunt last week, causing a search to go underway.
He owned his own professional hunting company, but when he went missing, his tracker was still in his pickup truck while he explored into the bushes. Later that same day, his dogs returned without Zyl, altering people that he vanished.
All of his personal items, like his rifle, were still in his pickup truck. People do not leave without a trace, so it is unlikely that he disappeared on his own. Foul play does not seem to be the case either, since nothing seemed to have been missing from his belongings.
After a huge manhunt, his foot prints were located, leading up to a riverbank, where trackers found his backpack.
Two crocodiles have been shot in that riverbank and now, forensic experts are searching the contents of their stomachs for human remains.
From Heat Street:
Crocodile attacks are common occurrences near rivers and in coastal zones: at least four people were killed by crocodiles in Zimbabwe in the past month after heavy rains pushed the reptiles into land habitats. Last summer, a two-year-old toddler was snatched by an alligator—crocodile’s distant cousin—just off the beach at Disney World’s Seven Seas Lagoon. The child was wading along the lagoon’s edge when the animal dragged him into the water. His father then tried to wrestle his toddler from the jaws of the animal, in vain.
Crocodiles’ and alligators’ primary diet consists of fish, turtles, birds, small mammals and amphibians and the predators are typically wary of humans. But in exceptional circumstances, say if food is rare, they will feed off what is readily available to them, including pets, livestock and occasionally—people.