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    Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve

    Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve

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

    Rangers discovered the remains of two, possibly three, people in a lion enclosure in the Sibuya reserve, near the south-east town of Kenton-on-Sea.

    A high-powered rifle and an axe were also found.

    There has been a rise in poaching in Africa in recent years, to feed growing demand for rhino horn in parts of Asia.

    In China, Vietnam and elsewhere, rhino horn is erroneously believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.

    Sibuya reserve owner Nick Fox said in a statement on the reserve's Facebook page that the suspected poachers entered the reserve late on Sunday night or early on Monday morning.

    "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."

    The remains were first spotted at 16:30 local time on Tuesday (14:30 GMT).

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

    Several lions had to be tranquilised before the remains could be recovered, Mr Fox added.

    Police have been patrolling the area in case any of the suspected poachers survived.

    Nine rhinos were killed by poachers in Eastern Cape province, where the reserve is located, this year alone.

    More than 7,000 have been killed in South Africa in the past decade.

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    Re: Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve

    I read another article on this that said they thought, based on the remains found, that it was three people, and that's how they knew it was likely poachers - they tend to travel in groups of three. Karma feeds the animals.

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    Re: Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve

    I know it's wrong, but I can't help but feel a sense of poetic justice that poachers of endangered animals gets eaten by lions.

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    Re: Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve

    Pwned!

    And I see nothing wrong with feeling a sense of justice, Hell I think the park rangers out there should be using predator drones to stop the poaching. You cannot arrest these guys because they just shoot the lawmen anyway.
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    — Jerry Seinfeld

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    Re: Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve

    Of all the things on the internet that i get upset for seeing the pictures, i sort of wish this one had one.

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    Re: Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve

    That's great and all, but can those lions teach China to be less superstitious?

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