Pride of lions kill suspected rhino poachers on game preserve

James Marshall
Июля 9, 2018

"Whilst we are saddened at any loss of life the poachers came here to kill our animals and this sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the victor".

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

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.

An axe and three pairs of shoes and gloves were found later when police and an anti-poaching unit arrived.

Sibuya reserve owner Nick Fox said in a statement on the reserve's Facebook page that the suspected poachers entered the reserve late on Sunday night or early on Monday morning.

"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", he told the Sun.

Previous reports suggested that a lone poacher had been attacked, but further investigation of the bad scene suggested at least two people were devoured by the lions.

"However, it now appears likely that the dog had been alerted by something else out of the ordinary coming from the lions", Fox said.

The lions were shot with tranquilizer darts to protect reserve employees and police who were involved in the recovery effort on Wednesday.

"They [found] an ax and high-powered rifle with a silencer, which is a surefire sign of rhino poachers", Fox added.

Fox said he alerted the Indalo Anti-Poaching Cluster and the local police, which are now combing the area for clues.

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". According to The South African, there have already been nine rhinos killed this year in the Eastern Cape alone, and investigators have reason to believe that there are two groups of poachers responsible for the killings.

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