Lions Eat Suspected Rhino Poachers On South African Game Reserve


At least three suspected poachers have been mauled to death and eaten by lions after breaking into a wildlife reserve in South Africa.

A ranger taking guests at the Sibuya Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape on a safari drive on Tuesday afternoon discovered human remains close to a pride of lions.

In 2016, poachers killed three rhinos at the Sibuya Game Reserve and hacked off their horns. 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 came heavily armed with hunting rifles and axes which we have recovered and enough food to last them for several days so we suspect they were after all of our rhinos here.

It was believed the victims were rhino poachers as an axe and rifle were amongst the remains - poachers "use the rifle to shoot the animal and the axe to remove the horn", Sibuya owner Nick Fox said. Officials had to tranquilize six lions so they could obtain the remains and items on the scene, police told BBC.

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

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Reserve owner Nick Fox said they found enough body parts and three pairs of empty shoes likely belonging to the suspected poachers.

A pride of lions ate a group of poachers after they broke into a game reserve earlier this week in South Africa to hunt rhinoceroses.

Captain Mali Govender, a police spokesperson, revealed that detectives are investigating the incident to determine exactly how many people were eaten.

Poaching is a major issue on the Eastern Cape with nine rhinos killed by illegal hunters on reserves this year.

The 30 square mile park is home to all of Africa's "Big Five" - rhinos, lions, elephants, buffalos, and leopards. "The remains were scattered over a very wide area making it hard to comb the scene and get all the evidence‚" he said.

The poachers had a rifle, but they did not get off a shot before the lions took them down, Fox said.