Suspected poachers killed by pride of lions on South African game reserve

Share
Suspected poachers killed by pride of lions on South African game reserve

"We're nearly 100% sure this is connected to rhino poaching", reserve owner Nick Fox said.

Fox said he thinks the poachers got onto the reserve on Sunday night or early Monday morning. At the same time he'd heard a commotion coming from the lions so he suspected that's what prompted a reaction from the dog.

"The lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal", said Nick Fox, 60, who owns the reserve.

The horns are prized for their medicinal value and used in traditional Chinese medicines, though there is no science to back up their touted "cure-all" powers.

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.

"We thought they must have been rhino poachers but the ax confirmed it", Fox said.

"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", Fox said.

The reserve's anti-poaching team arrived on the scene after a field guide alerted them to the human remains.

The reserve is still open to guests.

"They were clearly intent on killing rhinos and cutting off their horns".

The poaching problem has gotten so bad that some conservationists have begun flying black rhino - the most endangered type of South African rhino - through the air, upside down, by helicopter to safer turf. It was getting too dark to search the area, so police came back the next day with the reserve's anti-poaching unit and other specialists.

So far this year, more than nine rhinos have been killed in the Eastern Cape province, according to the BBC.

More than 1,000 rhinos were killed illegally in South Africa a year ago, a shocking rise since 2007, when only 13 were killed. "At this stage, we're unable to speculate as to how the remains ended up at the scene".

"They were obviously poachers".

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Tropical Depression develops in the Atlantic
Both systems are expected to strengthen as we enter into the second full month of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season . If that happens, the system would become the second named storm of the hurricane season , taking the name Beryl.

Samsung phones sending photos from user's photo gallery to random contacts
Until a resolution is reached, Samsung owners can go to settings and revoke Samsung Message's permissions to access storage . News of the problem started showing up in Samsung's community support forums and spread quickly across the techsphere.

British Prime Minister To Discuss Brexit Plan With Cabinet This Week
The intervention from the head of the European Research Group of pro-Brexit backbench Tories drew a furious backlash. The article drew a rebuke from Alan Duncan, a Foreign Office minister, who said he was being insolent.

Love Island fans 'crying with happiness' as Jack and Dani are reunited
As they returned back to the villa, Dani couldn't help but rip into her new boyfriend over the poster, but Jack was less than impressed.

Pompeo, Lavrov discuss Trump-Putin summit in July
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there was no plan for the senators to meet Putin. The congressmen also met their counterparts in both houses of the Russian parliament.

Brazil Star Desperate For FC Barcelona Move
And Willian had praise for the forward, saying: "Coutinho has been playing a wonderful World Cup, and he helps us a lot". I think that Barcelona should offer two players, Gomes and Rafinha in order to bring Willian to the Camp Nou.

Soccer kid rescuers accidentally pump water back into flooded cave
Osottanakorn said rescuers were at the mercy of the rainy season, and may have to act quickly to beat fresh downpours. Global experts from the United States, Australia, China and Britain have assisted in the search-and-rescue efforts.

United Kingdom pair poisoned by same nerve agent as ex-Russian spy Skripal
Salisbury came under intense scrutiny when the Skripals fell victim to poisoning by the nerve agent Novichock. Basu cautioned that police in protective clothing would return to the area.

Protester removed from Statue of Liberty after immigration demo
News helicopter video showed two New York Police Department officers, attached to tethers, climb up to the base around 6:15 p.m. After almost four hours on the statue, the woman finally accompanied police down off the monument, tethered to them by wires.

Catholic sex abuse: 'Guilty priest ignored my story for decades'
The magistrate found Wilson had at that stage obtained the level of belief needed to report what he knew to authorities. Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle for sentencing, Australia , July 3, 2018 .

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.