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‘Hunter becomes the hunted’: Lions eat poachers on South Africa reserve

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Kristine Garrett | 06 July, 2018, 00:28

Rangers discovered the remains of at least two poachers, who were believed to have snuck on to the protected area, in a lion enclosure on the Sibuya reserve. "There is so little left that they don't know exactly how many people were killed, we suspect three because we found three sets of shoes and three sets of gloves". Investigators found a human head, along with other body parts and limbs, along with three pairs of empty shoes, according to the Daily Mail.

Fox said he's arranged for the reserve vet to "dart the entire pride of lions" so police, forensics teams and the Anti-poaching unit may search the area for clues.

Detectives combed the scene on Wednesday, and the remains have been sent for forensic testing.

While Fox said they were sad the poachers were killed, "This sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the victor". An investigation will continue.

At around 4.30 a.m. on Monday morning, one of Sibuya's anti-poaching dogs gave her handler a warning that something was wrong.

The handler heard a loud commotion coming from the lions but this is not uncommon, Mr Fox said. Lions are often active at night, so the noise didn't raise suspicions.

Several high powered hunting rifles fitted with silencers, as well as wire cutters and an axe were found nearby.

"It was a bit of luck for us and not so much luck for them", he said.

Asked if he was happy that the rhinos were safe, Fox said that he was extremely happy.

He said they're watching the lions closely and they have shown no signs of being aggressive around vehicles.

And in perhaps the most heartbreaking act of conservation, park rangers in some parts of Africa are preemptively removing rhinos' horns so that poachers won't be tempted to kill the animals for them.

Nick added: 'The lions may have eaten more of them it is hard to tell as the area is very thick with bush and you can not be sure what they have taken off to feed on elsewhere.

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