Lions kill suspected rhino poachers on South African game reserve

Katie Ramirez
July 6, 2018

At least three poachers who broke into a rhinoceros reserve in South Africa received a brutal dose of karma when they were torn to pieces by a pride of lions.

Staff discovered the bloody remnants at the Sibuya Game Reserve near Kenton-on-Sea in Eastern Province, South Africa, and called in a helicopter to search the area for more poachers.

Three white rhinos were killed by poachers at Sibuya in June 2016, and three rhinos were killed in May at the nearby Port Alfred Nature Reserves. The firearms have been taken by the police for examination, to find out if they have been used in poaching before.

The wildlife reserve's owners became aware that something was wrong when anti-poaching dogs alerted a handler, who then heard a loud commotion coming from the lions.

"We're nearly 100-percent sure this is connected to rhino poaching", Fox said.

Nick Fox, the owner of the reserve, said rangers also found a "high powered rifle with a silencer, an ax, wire cutters and. food supplies for a number of days", in a press release shared on Facebook.

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

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The administration claimed it was simply following the law, despite the fact there is no law in place that requires families to be separated at the border.

The reserve's anti-poaching team arrived on the scene after a field guide alerted them to the human remains.

"The only body part we found was one skull and one bit of pelvis, everything else was completely gone", he told Newsweek.

Police declined to speculate if those killed were in fact poachers, but the recovered weapons were sent for testing to establish if they had been used in any other known poaching crimes, according to the Herald Live.

Nine rhinos have been killed with high-caliber hunting rifles at Eastern Cape reserves so far this year.

Poachers have broken into the popular 30-square-mile reserve in the Eastern Cape before. "At this stage, we're unable to speculate as to how the remains ended up at the scene".

In February a poacher hunting lions in the Umbabat Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park was killed by lions and was identified by his sister in law from his head - the only part of his body left.

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