Lion pride running security detail for rhinos-all they found was 3 pairs of shoes

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    At least three suspected rhino poachers have been killed by a pride of lions after they broke into a game reserve in South Africa.

    Rangers discovered human remains around 4:30 p.m. local time on July 3 in the immediate vicinity of the lions’ territory at the Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape, more than 24 hours after an anti-poaching dog alerted her handler that something was amiss.

    The ranger however did not examine the disturbance further because it was not unusual to hear the lions at night.

    RHINO POACHERS SHOT DEAD IN RAIDS BY ARMED RANGERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

    When members of the anti-poaching unit investigated, they recovered human remains, a high-powered rifle with a silencer, wire cutters, an axe and three pairs of shoes.

    Nick Fox, the park’s owner, said the lions were shot with tranquilizer darts at first light so police forensic teams and the anti-poaching unit could comb the area for clues, and admitted it was not clear how many poachers may have been killed.

    “The only body part we found was one skull and one bit of pelvis, everything else was completely gone,” he told Newsweek. “There is so little left that they don’t know exactly how many people were killed, we suspect three because we found three sets of shoes and three sets of gloves.”

    He added: “They came heavily armed with hunting rifles and axes which we have recovered and enough food to last them for several days so we suspect they were after all of our rhinos here. But the lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal.”

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    The Sibuya Game Reserve (pictured) is one of the more popular game reserves in the Eastern Cape and is home to Africa's 'Big Five' - lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo and elephant. (Facebook)

    Police spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender said: “We do not know identities but 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.”

    In 2016, the reserve saw three of its rhinos shot dead by poachers who broke into the reserve to cut off their horns. All books with the reserve include an option Rhino Levy where the proceeds are donated to a fund fighting poaching.

    SUDAN, THE WORLD'S LAST MALE NORTHERN WHITE RHINO, DIES

    Nine rhinos have been killed by poachers in Eastern Cape province this year, according to South Africa’s Times.

    The reserve is one of the most popular game reserves in the Eastern Cape and is home to Africa’s big five – elephants, buffalos and leopards as well as rhinos and lions.

    Rhino poachers shot dead in raids by armed rangers in South Africa
    Two poachers have been killed during coordinated raids by armed rangers in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

    Two sets of freshly harvested rhino horn were seized during the 72-hour operation, but rangers have yet to locate the dead or dying animals slaughtered for their ivory.

    Ten arrests were made, including a serving police officer from the park’s own station, after three separate gangs successfully were tracked over the weekend.

    One poacher, who was shot and badly injured, remained in hospital under armed guard and the rest will appear in court this week.

    Isaac Phaahla, the spokesman for the park, said that the arrests were “a great breakthrough in the relentless war.”

    “Our patrols risk their lives every day as they battle with the poachers who just keep coming back and back,” he said. “The war is relentless, the task is huge, nonstop and dangerous. The poachers are heavily armed, determined and absolutely ruthless.”

    Phaahla said that discovering one of the park’s police officers was among those arrested was heartbreaking. “It’s terrible when you are betrayed by one of your own,” he said.

    Poachers were tracked for 10 hours by rangers on foot, in helicopters and an aircraft before a canine unit caught them, Phaahla said. The gang had crossed from Mozambique, one of the world’s poorest countries, which shares a 210 mile-long border with the park.

    More than 500 mostly young Mozambicans have been killed by anti-poaching units over the past five years. Rangers are allowed to shoot at trespassers if they are threatened with lethal force.


     
    • Zambo

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      Good. I hope it was painful. Never understood the allure blasting a large animal with a high powered rifle. And I especially don't understand the allure of doing it just to cut off some horns or tusks to use for trinkets.
       
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        Train em as border patrol agents.
         
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          Need to feed them steak as a reward.
           
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          You’d think they would eventually learn.
           
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            About not quoting a whole damn article? One would think so. :grin:
             
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              I was going to present a piece of the article then decided too much work.

              I learned long ago it annoys people.
               
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                Must have sucked getting their necks and windpipes crushed while the others ripped them to shreds. I hope the lions had a good ole time.
                 
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                  Where is BLM on this?
                   
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                    Sounds like they were on some kind of BLM land or sanctuary.
                     
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                      That’s what I do with political posts outside of the political cess pool forum where they should be.
                       
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                        How is referring to the sanctuary as Bureau of Land Management political? I think you missed the joke.
                         
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                        What’s wrong Donk?
                         

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