A group of illegal hunters broke into a reserve in South Africa, apparently their goal was to kill rhinos to cut off their horns. Rhinoceros horns have been prized in various cultures for thousands of years. In China and other Asian countries, the material is still valued as a component in traditional medicinal remedies. A single three-kilogram horn can sell for as much as $300,000. Because of these high prices, poachers have hunted rhinos to near extinction.
However, its reputation as a cure-all is based on ancient traditional medicine practices that have zero bases in science.
Sometime between the night of Sunday, July 1stand first hours of Monday, July 2nd, a group of at least three poachers entered Sibuya Game Reserve located in South Africa, armed to the teeth, with among other things, a high powered rifle with a silencer, an axe and wire cutters. They also had food supplies; they were planning to stay in reserve for some days but thanks to some very hungry lions the poachers couldn´t fulfill their mission.
One of the anti-poaching dogs alerted their handler at about 4.30 am on Monday that there was something wrong, something out of the ordinary.
On Tuesday,3 July 3rdone of the field guides found what appeared to be human remains as well as other items in the immediate vicinity of the lions. Later on, they also found weapons, gloves, wire cutters and some other supplies.
On the following day, it was confirmed that at least three people had been killed and eaten by the lions.
Nick Fox, owner of the reserve, said:
“The lions may have eaten more of them it is difficult to tell as the area is very thick with bush and you cannot be sure what they have taken off to feed on elsewhere. The best estimate we have so far is that three of the gang were eaten”.
“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. Whilst we are saddened at any loss of life the poachers came here to kill our animals and this sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the winner”.
The game reserve is one of the most popular in the Eastern Cape with British tourists and is home to the Big Five of elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard and is set in 30 square miles.
What goes around comes around…Justice has been served according to many people reacting to the news! Now poachers will think twice before breaking into this reserve.
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