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Animals vs people in the Kruger Park

Jacques van der Sandt was killed by a crocodile at the Skukuza Golf Course on Wednesday.

Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - The recent death of a golfer at the Kruger National Park has reminded us that when humans enter animal territory, they may come off second best.

Jacques van der Sandt (29) was killed by a crocodile at the Skukuza Golf Course in the Kruger National Park on Wednesday. Van der Sandt allegedly went for a late night swim at a dam called Lake Panic.

He was dragged under water by the crocodile and later found in the jaws of the reptile, which was killed in order to recover the body.

"It had him in his mouth and was swimming in the water with him," said Danie Pienaar, acting head of Kruger National Park. "It was in the public area ... we also don't know if there is anything wrong with the crocodile," he added, explaining the reasons for shooting the animal.

Eyewitness News takes a look at some other hair-raising experiences in the park.

In August, the park refused to put down an elephant who overturned a car at the Sable Dam.

Three tourists escaped with minor injuries.

In March, a rhino charged a car which visitors caught on camera.

Tourists narrowly escaped a lion attack in January.

Also in January, footage of an elephant attacking two tourists in a blue VW Polo and eventually pushing the vehicle off the road, went viral. The elephant was shot dead.

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