Fair game? Lions eat poachers on South Africa reserve

Fair game? Lions eat poachers on South Africa reserve

At least two rhino poachers have been eaten by lions on a South African game reserve, the owner of the lodge said.

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.

While Fox said they were sad the poachers were killed, "This sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the victor".

An anti-poaching team arrived on the scene, where a hunting rifle with silencer, a long axe and wire-cutters - equipment generally used by rhino poachers - were also found. The dog heard something and attempted to alert its handler, who brushed it off as the usual sound lions make.

Mr Fox said it was not clear exactly how numerous men there were, as there was "not much left of them".

"The lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal", reserve owner Nick Fox told the Daily Express.

Fox said a field guide alerted the Anti-Poaching Unit that there appeared to be human remains and poaching weapons near the lions earlier this week.

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Along with bones and bloodied body parts, staff found a hunting rifle, an axe, wire cutters and food supplies, according to The Herald Live.

The Sibuya reserve is home to rhinos, lions, elephant, buffalo and leopards and is popular with British tourists. He added that "they were clearly intent on killing rhinos and cutting off their horns".

More than 1,000 rhinoceros were killed illegally in South Africa last year, according to statistics released earlier this year by the South African government.

In 2016, the reserve lost three rhinos when poachers got into the park and shot them dead and cut off their horns. "The remains were scattered over a very wide area making it hard to comb the scene and get all the evidence‚" he said.

Detectives combed the scene on Wednesday, and the remains have been sent for forensic testing.

"The firearm has been taken by police and will be sent to the ballistics laboratory to establish if it has been used in any other poaching or crimes".

Fox said it was unclear exactly how many poachers may have been killed.

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