Rhino poachers 'eaten alive' by lions — TORN APART

Lions kill suspected rhino poachers who sneaked onto South African reserve

Lions kill suspected rhino poachers who sneaked onto South African reserve

The reserve's owner says a guide found what appeared to be human remains Tuesday near the group of lions. It was getting too dark to search the area, so police came back the next day with the reserve's anti-poaching unit and other specialists.

The corpses were recovered from a forest in Zurmi local government area of the state.

Mr Fox said: 'The lions may have eaten more of them it is hard to tell as the area is very thick with bush and you can not be sure what they have taken off to feed on elsewhere.

Mr Nick Fox, the reserve's owner, was immediately called to the scene, where a high-powered rifle, gloves, wire cutters and the remains of a backpack with food, water and other supplies were found. As one of the most popular game reserves in the country, Sibuya is unfortunately familiar with poachers and their efforts to kill and defile rare animals. They were apparently on foot, which is risky when approaching lions.

Police spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender confirmed that the remains had been found in the lion camp and explained how detectives are now trying to figure out exactly how many have been injured at this time, as it may be more than the three found so far. An investigation will continue.

An anti-poaching dog signaled that she noticed something during a patrol about 4:30 a.m. The handler heard a loud commotion coming from the lions, and so he thought that it was nothing out of the ordinary.

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It is believed the poachers met their untimely demise after the lions prevented them from entering the reserve to hunt down the nearby rhinos. More than 7,000 have been killed in South Africa in the past decade. "There's not much left of them", Fox said.

"They saved our rhinos from another onslaught".

Fox said reserve staff and guests never go near the lions unless the people are in big trucks.

Lions are known to be territorial animals.

Rhinos are critically endangered.

According to a 5 July press release from the Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa, a group of poachers has met their enemies this past weekend.

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