Lions eat rhino poachers on South African game reserve

Mindy Sparks
July 9, 2018

One hunter's head and various body parts were later recovered.

"They strayed into a pride of lions - it's a big pride so they didn't have too much time", Sibuya Game Reserve's owner, Nick Fox, told AFP Thursday. 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.

"They [found] an ax and high-powered rifle with a silencer, which is a surefire sign of rhino poachers", Fox added. All were shot with high powered rifles and the poachers have not yet been caught. They do not-rhino horns are similar to horse hooves-but folk beliefs attribute unbelievable powers to the ground horns. According to stats from the South African government, more than 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa previous year.

The incident happened at the Sibuya Game Reserve sometime between the evening of July 1 and the morning of July 2.

At the moment it is unknown exactly how many people were killed. These things usually carry hunters of the rhinoceros that killed them and cut off their horns.

"But the lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal".

Police spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender confirmed that the remains had been found in the lion camp and that detectives were on the scene trying to work out how many were eaten.

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

An anti-poaching dog alerted its handler around 4:30 a.m. Monday, but the handler brushed off concerns. During that time, the dog's handler heard a loud commotion coming from the lions.

Previous reports suggested that a lone poacher had been attacked, but further investigation of the bad scene suggested at least two people were devoured by the lions. "They ate his body, almost all of it, and just left his head and some remains", Limpopo Province police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.

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