Published: Saturday 07 July, 2018

3 Rhino Poachers Eaten Alive by Lions in South Africa, Only Shoes & Bones Left

Rangers found the remains of three humans believed be rhino poachers eaten by lions. Along with bones and limbs, three pairs of shoes were found leading reserve officials to conclude three poachers were killed.

Lions eat rhino poachers

Human bones and shoes were found in a lion enclosure. (Sibuya Game Reserve)

Along with the remains, poachers’ tools were found with the remains in a lion enclosure – rifles with silencers, wire cutters and an axe to chop off a rhino horn.

“Whilst we are saddened at any loss of life the poachers came here to kill our animals and this sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the winner,” said Sibuya Game Reserve owner Nick Fox.

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“We found enough body parts and three pairs of empty shoes which suggest to us that the lions ate at least three of them but it is thick bush and there could be more.”

“They came heavily armed with hunting rifles and axes which we have recovered and enough food to last them for several days so we suspect they were after all of our rhinos here,” Fox added.

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

One head and several bloodied limbs, along with the shoes, are the only remains rangers have found. However, Fox said they will continue to search nearby areas for other remains.

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The Sibuya Game Reserve is one of the most popular in the area. It covers an area of 30 square miles and is home to elephant, buffalo and leopard, aside from rhinos and lions.

Poaching is a major concern not only in Sibuya Game Reserve but in the whole Easter Cape of South Africa. Nine rhinos have been killed this year alone. More than 1,000 rhinos were killed in the whole of South Africa last year.

Rhino horns are coveted commodities in Asia, particularly in China and other countries with large Chinese populations. Rhino horns are used in traditional medicine.