Three unidentified rhino poachers were eaten by lions after they broke into the Sibuya Game Reserve
A group of poachers broke into a game reserve and got eaten by a pride of lions earlier this week in South Africa.
Three men were believed to have been eaten alive between Sunday night and Monday morning after they entered the Sibuya Game Reserve to hunt rhinos. The authorities recovered three pairs of shoes, wire cutters, high-powered hunting rifles fitted with silencers and axes, reports Newsweek.
Park owner Nick Fox said at least three poachers entered the reserve late Sunday night or early Monday morning, waking one of the park's anti-poaching dogs.
The dog's handler heard a loud commotion coming from the lions and figured that's what set off the dog. It wasn't until the next day that one of the field guides discovered the remains near the pride of lions.
Staff at the Sibuya Game Reserve found the human remains alongside tools typically used by poachers to kill rhinos and remove their horns, according to a press release from Nick Fox.
Fox told Newsweek: “The only body part we found was one skull and one bit of pelvis, everything else was completely gone. They found an axe and a high-powered rifle with a silencer, which is a sure sign of rhino poachers.”
A police representative, Captain Mali Govender, said: “We do not know their identities, but the firearms have been taken by the police and will be sent to the ballistics laboratory to see if they have been used in poaching before.”