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Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve

05 July 2018

A pride of lions ate a group of poachers after they broke into a game reserve earlier this week in South Africa to hunt rhinoceroses. The handler then heard a commotion from the lions but didn't investigate as there usually is around the early hours.

One head and a number of bloodied body parts and limbs have been recovered from the area, along with three pairs of empty shoes.

"It's still business as usual, it doesn't change anything we do", he said.

A gang of poachers have been eaten by lions after breaking into a South African game reserve to slaughter a herd of rhinos.

"There seems to be clothing for three people".

Detectives combed the scene on Wednesday, and the remains have been sent for forensic testing.

Fox said an anti-poaching team arrived on the scene Tuesday and alerted local law enforcement to the remains. This is when authorities believed the incident occurred. After immediately alerting the police, the staffers chose to continue their investigation the next morning as it was getting dark.

These items included "all the hallmarks of a gang intent on killing rhino and removing their horns", Fox said, including a "high-powered rifle, gloves, wire cutters and the remains of a backpack".

A rifle and an ax were also found at the lion camp.

"The firearm has been taken by police and will be sent to the ballistics laboratory to establish if it has been used in any other poaching or crimes".

The search party also enlisted the assistance of a helicopter to locate any survivors.

According to the Mirror, nine rhinos - all of which were shot with a high-calibre hunting rifle - have been killed by poachers on Eastern Cape reserves already this year.

The reserve is one of the most popular game serves in the Eastern Cape and is home to Africa's big five - elephants, buffalos and leopards as well as rhinos and lions.

Due to its prominence and collection of animals, the park has faced multiple break-ins by poachers in recent years.

In 2016 the reserve lost three rhinos when poachers got into the park and shot them dead for their ivory horns.

Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve