Poaching is a despicable activity, especially when it comes to endangered species. But, this time the rhino that was being hunted got lucky. Unfortunately for the poachers, they did not.
This time last year, a group of three poachers broke into the Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa. Their intention was to kill a rhino and remove its horn to sell on the black market. All of this is of course very much illegal. Rhino horns are believed to have medicinal properties, despite being made out of keratin, the same stuff as human fingernails.
Because of this, endangered rhinos are often hunted. You would hope that animals within reserves are sufficiently protected, but this group of poachers got in.
However, they were in for a big surprise. Any visitors or rangers to the game reserve are housed in vehicles for their entire time within the confines. This way, predators don’t see them as prey, and they cannot be hunted or hurt. Three poachers walking through the shrubbery, however, are a prime lion meal.
And that’s exactly what happened. The poachers wandered into a large pride of lions and were torn to shreds.
“They strayed into a pride of lions – it’s a big pride so they didn’t have too much time,” says Nick Fox, owner of the reserve. “We’re not sure how many there were – there’s not much left of them.”
However, the pride of six lions were anesthetised by rangers in order to collect and identify the remains. Luckily, they don’t seem to be acting any differently around vehicle-bound tourists.
“Over the last few days game guides and anti-poaching staff have continued to drive game viewing vehicles in the vicinity of this pride to check for any behavioral differences and they have confirmed that to date there have been none.
“Although we will continue to be extremely vigilant we remain positive that this incident will not necessitate any changes to the status quo of our lions.”
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