3 alleged rhino poachers eaten by lions in South Africa

Monday, 09 Jul, 2018

It is not yet clear how many suspected poachers were killed.

A group of poachers illegally entered a South African reserve and planned to kill rhinos.

PRESS RELEASELions Kill Suspected Poachers on Sibuya Game ReserveSometime during the night of Sunday 1st and early.

The activity was dismissed because this is a time when the lions are usually active, and officials believe this is when the hunters were killed.

Nick Fox, the owner of the Sibuya Game Reserve, said in a Facebook post that a field guide discovered human remains Tuesday afternoon in the reserve's lion enclosure.

One head and a number of bloodied body parts and limbs have been recovered from the area, along with three pairs of empty shoes.

"The anti-poaching unit never suspected anything wrong because it was the lions making noise and not the rhinos", Fox said.

Fair game? Hunting hunters for Rhinos died for hunting and ate by lions 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. "They use the rifle to shoot the animal and the axe to remove the horn".

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. Fox said the lions' behavior appeared no different than ever and that the lions "view a game-viewing vehicle containing people as something entirely different from individuals who are walking on the ground".

While no one can not be sure what the unauthorized party of hunters might have been doing, "We're nearly 100% sure this is connected to rhino poaching", Fox told Fox News.

Captain Govender said: "We do not know identities but firearms have been taken by the police and will be sent to the ballistics laboratory to see if they have been used in poaching before".

After ensuring the lions were not a threat to tourists, Fox said there will not be any changes to "the status quo of our lions".