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At least two suspected rhino poachers have been eaten by lions on a South African game reserve.
Rangers at Sibuya Game Reserve discovered human remains earlier this week in the immediate vicinity of the lions.
According to reserve owner Nick Fox, he was called to the scene alongside the Anti-Poaching Unit, where they also found a high powered rifle, gloves, wire cutters and the remains of a back pack with food, water and other supplies.
According to an official statement released by Fox, the found items bore ‘all the hallmarks of a gang intent on killing rhino and removing their horns’.
He added: “We immediately alerted the Indalo (Association of Eastern Cape Game Reserves) Anti-Poaching Cluster and the Police. Clearly, the poachers had walked into a pride of six lions and some, if not all had been killed. At this stage it is not clear exactly how many poachers were killed but the Police forensic team continue to investigate.”
Fox additionally told AFP news agency: “They strayed into a pride of lions – it’s a big pride so they didn’t have too much time. We’re not sure how many there were – there’s not much left of them.”