Saturday, 21 July, 2018


3 alleged rhino poachers eaten by lions in South Africa

Kristine Garrett | 09 July, 2018, 01:19

Instead of rhinos, the poachers met a pride of lions.

In February a poacher was killed by lions in the Umbabat Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park, and his family were forced to identify him using all that was left - his head.

In 2016, poachers hacked off the horns and killed three rhinos at the Sibuya Game Reserve.

Captain Mali Govender, a police spokesperson, shared that detectives are undergoing an investigation to determine if more people were eaten than they presume.

Men entered the Sibuya Game Reserve on the armed southeast coast with a high powered rifle and an ax in the early hours of Monday and they were evacuated the following day.60-year-old reserve owner Nick Fox told AFP, "They went astray in the pride of lions - it's a great pride, so they did not have much time".

An ax and three pairs of shoes and gloves were found later when police and an anti-poaching unit arrived. During that time, the dog's handler heard a loud commotion coming from the lions.

An anti-poaching dog alerted her handler on Monday morning that "something was amiss", but the handler was not concerned because it is not unusual to hear lions at night, Fox wrote in the Facebook post.

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.

Previous reports suggested that a lone poacher had been attacked, but further investigation of the awful scene suggested at least two people were devoured by the lions.

Police have been patrolling the area in case any of the suspected poachers survived.

Although we will continue to be extremely vigilant we remain positive that this incident will not necessitate any changes to the status quo of our lions. According to stats from the South African government, more than 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa past year.

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