Suspected rhino poachers killed by lions in South Africa

Police forensics officers were on the scene conducting tests on the remains of the victims

Police forensics officers were on the scene conducting tests on the remains of the victims

The Eastern Cape reserve is a camping and safari site for tourists.

A handler and his anti-poaching dog had been walking in that same area at around 4:30 a.m. on Monday, according to a post on the reserve's Facebook page.

"I think we had a stroke of luck here that the lions got to them before they got to the rhinos", Fox told AFP.

Fox said all six of the lions had to be tranquilized before the poachers' remains could be recovered.

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Fox says rhino poaching has become "a massive problem" because the "rhino horn has now become more valuable than gold per gram".

Although Fox admits that the incident was sad, he also noted that it should send a "message" to other poachers who risk their lives to hunt game in his reserve.

Over 7,000 rhinos have been killed and their tusks poached in the last decade, with nine killed just this year. "They use the rifle to shoot the animal and the ax to remove the horn". At the same time, the handler heard a loud commotion coming from the lions, which she then suspected was the reasoning behind why the dog got her attention to begin with.

"They strayed into a pride of lions - it's a big pride so they didn't have too much time".

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Staff found hunting rifles with silencers, wire cutters, and an axe used for removing rhino horns.

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Police spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender confirmed that the remains had been found in the lion camp and explained how detectives are now trying to figure out exactly how many have been injured at this time, as it may be more than the three found so far. Apparently, the felonious hunters were on a search for white rhinos, which are on the endangered species list.

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A group of alleged animal poachers has reportedly met their end after running into a pack of lions while trespassing in a game reserve in South Africa.

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