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Lions kill poachers illegally hunting rhinos in South Africa

09 July 2018

"They use the rifle to shoot the animal and the axe to remove the horn".

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 and they were evacuated the following day.60-year-old reserve owner Nick Fox told AFP, "They went astray in the pride of lions - it's a great pride, so they did not have much time".

Over the last few days game guides and anti-poaching staff have continued to drive game viewing vehicles in the vicinity of this pride to check for any behavioural differences and they have confirmed that to date there have been none.

An ax, shoes, and gloves were found later when police and an anti-poaching unit arrived. In 2017, poachers killed 1,028 rhinos in South Africa, according to National Geographic.

"But the lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal".

In the case of the poachers caught by lions, it appears the circle of life played its part.

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At this stage in the investigation, it is not known how many poachers were killed in the incident.

"Investigators and specialists combed the scene and managed to retrieve remains, which were taken by the Department of Health to conduct forensic testing", South African Police Service Captain Mali Govender said in a statement.

Later that morning, at approximately 4:30 a.m., one of the parks anti-poaching dogs alerted its handler that something in the park didn't seem right.

A den of six lions mauled to death at least two suspected rhino poachers on a wildlife reserve in South Africa. At the same time, the handler heard a loud commotion coming from the lions, which she then suspected was the reasoning behind why the dog got her attention to begin with.

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.

Lions kill poachers illegally hunting rhinos in South Africa