Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Lions Kill Suspected Rhino Poachers After They Sneaked Onto South African Reserve

Lions Kill Suspected Rhino Poachers After They Sneaked Onto South African Reserve

A group of poachers who broke into a nature reserve in South Africa to hunt for rhinos have been attacked and eaten by a pride of lions.

"The axe that was found on the scene is what is used to by these poachers to hack off the horn after they kill the animal", he added. Staff members heard a commotion coming from the area where lions are kept and, suspecting that the lions' activity had disturbed the dog, did not immediately investigate further.

"We're not sure how many there were", Fox continued.

He said they bore "all the hallmarks of a gang intent on killing rhino and removing their horns".

"The lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal", said Nick Fox, 60, who owns the reserve.

Along with bones and bloodied body parts, staff found a hunting rifle, an axe, wire cutters and food supplies, according to The Herald Live. Officials had to tranquilize six lions so they could obtain the remains and items on the scene, police told BBC.

"We found enough body parts and three pairs of empty shoes, which suggest to us that the lions ate at least three of them but it is thick bush and there could be more", said Nick Fox, the game reserve owner, according to the Mail.

Sibuya Game Reserve is home to elephants, rhinos, buffalo, lions and leopards, and is popular with tourists.

This year alone, nine rhinos - all shot with a high-calibre hunting rifle - were killed by poachers on Eastern Cape reserves.Last week, Bella, a rhino at the Kragga Kamma Game Park, was killed just a week after she was dehorned.

Investigators were unable to examine the scene for evidence Tuesday night and were forced to wait for daylight.

In 2016, three rhinos were killed when poachers sneaked into the park, shooting them and cutting off their horns.

Police have not identified the slain humans, and they're testing the rifle to determine whether they were poachers. "At this stage, it is not clear exactly how many poachers were killed but the Police forensic team continue to investigate".

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