Pride of Lions Reportedly Attacks, Eats Rhino Poachers Trespassing on South African Reserve

Following close behind the controversial news of a Kentucky woman shooting and killing a black giraffe comes a story in which the hunters become the hunted.

South Africa’s Sibuya Game Reserve shared a press release on Thursday regarding the mauling death of a group of poachers. The park reports that between Sunday evening and Monday morning, three poachers entered the reserve, likely looking for rhinos.

“They were armed with, amongst other things, a high powered rifle with a silencer, an axe, wire cutters and had food supplies for a number of days – all the hallmarks of a gang intent on killing rhino and removing their horns,” reads the park’s press release.

Around 4:30 a.m. Monday morning, the reserve’s anti-poaching dogs began to act agitated, but when a handler heard a loud commotion coming from a nearby pride of lions, they figured it was this ruckus that caused the dogs to act out. It wasn’t until Tuesday afternoon that park officials found human remains near the lion pride that had been making noise the day prior.

 

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