Man Killed In South African National Park By Crocodile


Jacques van der Sandt, 29, was looking for golf balls in the aptly-named Panic Lake in Kruger National Park in South Africa when he was killed by a crocodile.

Van der Sandt was in waist-high water near a golf course, which is next to a residential area, in Kruger National Park on Wednesday night when he disappeared. Van der Sandt was the son of two park employees. Although his father recently retired, his mother still works for the massive wildlife reserve.

Police officer Oubaas Coetzer said van der Sandt went into the water on a dare from his friends.

“One guy challenged the other to see who can retrieve the most golf balls,” Coetzer said. Van der Sant grew up in the park and frequently golfed near the lake, which many crocodiles frequent. 

Van der Sant’s body was recovered and, though bite marks were on the front and back, he did not suffer any “mutilation.” Two hours after the body was discovered, park rangers found and killed the crocodile responsible for van der Sandt’s death.

Kruger National Park served more than 1.3 million visitors in 2004 and is considered one of the most biologically diverse wildlife reserves in the world. According to their website, Kruger is the home of a vast array of different species, including  336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. The park alone has approximately 3,000 crocodiles.

Sources: New York Post, South African National Parks Image via fvanrenterghem/Flickr, Wikimedia Commons


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