Rhino poachers 'eaten alive' by lions — TORN APART

Christopher Davidson
July 12, 2018

The remains of two, possibly three people were found in a lion enclosure on the Sibuya Game Reserve, not far from Kenton-on-Sea in the south east of the country.

"The lions are our watchers and guardians and [the victims] picked the wrong pride and became a meal". "Clearly, the poachers had walked into a pride of six lions, and some, if not all, had been killed", Fox said.

"We're not sure how many there were - there's not much left of them", the reserve's owner added, via the BBC.

Rhino poachers kill rhinos in order to remove their horns and sell them as rhino horns cost as much as gold by weight on the black market.

A group of poachers have been eaten alive by lions after sneaking into a reserve to hunt rhinos.

Fox said he thinks the poachers got onto the reserve on Sunday night or early Monday morning.

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According to a 5 July press release from the Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa, a group of poachers has met their enemies this past weekend.

Anti-poaching authorities and police were immediately alerted, Fox said.

The 30 square mile park is home to all of Africa's "Big Five" - rhinos, lions, elephants, buffalos, and leopards.

This year already nine rhinos - all of which were shot with a high-calibre hunting rifle - have been killed by poachers on Eastern Cape reserves and it is hoped this is the gang responsible. She said: "We do not know identities but firearms will be sent to the ballistics lab to see if they have been used in poaching before".

The poaching problem has gotten so bad that some conservationists have begun flying black rhino - the most endangered type of South African rhino - through the air, upside down, by helicopter to safer turf. Rangers in some African parks have even resorted to chopping off the horns of some rhinos in a desperate attempt to save them from poachers.

"Judging from the shoes and items found on the scene‚ I suspect it is about two or maybe three (alleged poachers) who were killed". Rhinoceroses are valued for their horns, which are falsely thought to have medicinal and aphrodisiacal properties in some cultures and are also used to create works of art.

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