Rhino poachers eaten by lions

  • 06/07/2018
Lions don't like poachers.
Lions don't like poachers. Photo credit: Getty

At least two suspected rhino poachers have been mauled to death and eaten by lions on a South African game reserve.

Rangers discovered the remains of at least two people at the site, near Kenton-on-Sea. Rangers suspect a third person may also have been eaten.

A high-powered rifle and an axe were also found.

"They strayed into a pride of lions - it's a big pride so they didn't have too much time," reserve owner Nick Fox told AFP. "We're not sure how many there were - there's not much left of them."

Several lions had to tranquilised before rangers could investigate the remains, lest they too be eaten.

BBC reports more than 7000 rhinos have been killed by poachers in the last 10 years, usually for their horns which some people believe has aphrodisiac qualities.

In February, body parts of a poacher were found in another South African reserve. It's presumed the rest of him was eaten by lions.