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Suspected rhino poachers were mauled to death and eaten by a pack of lions

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The intruders entered a game reserve in South Africa and stumbled across a pride of lions

Anna Freeman

06 Julio 2018 10:12

At least two suspected rhino poachers have been mauled to death and eaten by lions on a South African game reserve, international media reports.

Reserve rangers who patrol the site found the remains of two, and possibly three, people in a lion enclosure in the Sibuya reserve, near Kenton-on-Sea. A rifle and an axe were also found.

Poaching in Africa has been on the rise in recent years to feed the high demand for rhino horns in some parts of Asia. In China, Vietnam and elsewhere, rhino horn is believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.

Nick Fox, Sibuya reserve’s owner, said in a statement on Facebook that the suspected poachers entered the reserve late on Sunday night or early on Monday morning, and were attacked by the lions.


‘They strayed into a pride of lions - it's a big pride so they didn't have too much time,’ Mr Fox told AFP news agency. We're not sure how many there were - there's not much left of them.’

An anti-poaching team arrived on the scene, where a hunting rifle with silencer, a long axe and wire-cutters - equipment widely used by rhino poachers - were also found.

A number of lions in the pride had to be tranquilised before the remains could be recovered, Mr Fox added.

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