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3 trophy hunters break into reserve to kill rhinos, only to be eaten by pride of angry lions


Anyone with a brain between their ears knows that trophy hunting is an abhorrent practise.

Which is why the vast majority of the time people celebrate when trophy hunters are caught in the act and handed deserved punishments.

Not only can trophy hunting be blamed for contributing to the declining numbers of several species of animals, but it’s also actually extremely dangerous for those who partake in it.

Don’t believe me? Well then have a read at this article, which focuses on an incident in 2018 that saw three would-be hunters killed by lions. The men had broken into a reserve armed with hunting rifles equipped with silencers, wire cutters and axes.

Little did they know they were about to encounter a pride of Mother Nature’s finest guards …

The scenario unfolded at the Sibuya Game Reserve, near Kenton-on-Sea, in Eastern Province, South Africa.

As staff were doing their rounds, they discovered hunting rifles equipped with silencers, wire cutters to get beyond the Reserve’s perimeter and an axe – supposedly the tool of choice for those looking to de-horn rhinos.

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Staff also found three pairs of shoes, bloody body parts and a severed head, indicating that there were likely at least a trio of hunters that fell victim to the cats, who are one of many species of animals that call the reserve home.

Park owner Nick Fox wrote a press release on the Reserve’s Facebook page, in which he explained more details about the matter.

“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,” Fox said, as per the Daily Mail.

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“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.”

Fox himself suspects there were more poachers in the company than the suspected three whose remains have been found.

“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.”

He then continued: “The best estimate we have so far is that three of the gang were eaten.

“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.”

To kill animals for the sake of enjoyment is something I will never understand. I hope that in the future we can live in a world where trophy hunting doesn’t exist, and animals aren’t slaughtered for parts of their body.

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