So far, it appears that the dismembered body remains of three rhino poachers have been discovered, and there could be others, according to the owner of the Sibuya Game Reserve in Eastern Province, South Africa.
Nick Fox, 60, said that the thick bush could be hiding more bodies, but a helicopter searching over the wildlife preserve has not recovered anything new.
It was a gruesome scene for Fox’s staff when they came upon the bloody, mangled bodies of three poachers who had allegedly broken into the famous wildlife reserve near Kenton-on-Sea in Eastern Province around the night of July first. The men had brought high powered hunting rifles with silencers, wire cutters and an ax known to be used by poachers to cut off rhino horns. It’s a vicious attack because often, poachers saw off the horns while the animals are still alive, leaving them to bleed to death.
However, a pride of six lions who live on the wildlife reserve and protect the rhinos were ready, sprang upon the poachers and devoured them. All that was left were body parts, limbs and three pairs of empty shoes.
Fox told the media that the poachers had picked the wrong pride to tangle with because these animals are guardians over the endangered rhinos at the wildlife reserve.
Poaching has been a major problem on the Eastern Cape, and although any loss of life is sad, Fox says the slaughter has sent a clear message to poachers that they might not always be successful in their illegal, heinous pursuit.
The incident at Sibuya remains under investigation.
Meantime, the Pegasus Foundation based in Hobe Sound, Fla., has made stopping the slaughter of rhinos and elephants for their horns and tusks one of their top priorities. Visit them to learn more.