Lions fatally maul suspected rhino poachers on South African game reserve

"All the hallmarks of a gang intent on killing rhino and removing their horns".

It is not yet clear how many suspected poachers were killed.

Nick Fox, the owner of the Sibuya Game Reserve, said in a Facebook post that a field guide discovered human remains Tuesday afternoon in the reserve's lion enclosure.

"At the moment we can't tell you how many of them [the poachers]".

"I was immediately called to the scene where, along with the Anti-Poaching Unit, we found the high-powered rifle, gloves, wire cutters and the remains of a backpack with food, water and other supplies", Fox said Thursday.

"We are not sure how many - there is not much left of them."There are clothes for three people".

"But the lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal". According to stats from the South African government, more than 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa past year. "Investigation continues and at this stage we are unable to speculate as to how the remains ended up at the scene". She wasn't concerned because it's not unusual to hear the lions overnight, so she brushed off the commotion.

In a stunning instance of the animal kingdom taking karma into its own hands - or rather, paws - at least three poachers were mauled to death and then eaten by lions earlier this week after they illegally entered the Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa to hunt rhinos. An anti-poaching patrol's watchdog signaled some disturbance around 4:30 a.m., but the patrol figured it was just lions out hunting.

The six lions involved were darted (anesthetized) from a game viewing vehicle and their reaction to the vehicle at that time was closely monitored by myself, the veterinary staff as well as our conservation staff.

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.

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