You know, for all of the majesty of our noble animals, it’s downright unfair how helpless they are against poachers. The White Rhino was brought to extinction by poachers who were after its ivory horns, and the elephant is growing endangered — not because of ant environmental factors, but because unbelievably greedy men have decided to destroy the Earth for a sliver of profit as they find and massacre these animals. So… how would you like me to write up this story about lions who devoured three poachers who attempt to break into the Sibuya Reserve in South Africa? I know, I’ll play a little bit of fine violin music to accompany this story.
The three poachers broke into a South African reserves to hunt animals and were devoured in the night. Little of them was left, and one official mentioned that the following was found:
“The only body part we found was one skull and one bit of pelvis, everything else was completely gone. There is so little left that they don’t know exactly how many people were killed, we suspect three because we found three sets of shoes and three sets of gloves.”
That’s right the lions — quite possibly disgusted by the behavior of these poachers, also ate most of their bones, and all that was left of them, quite symbolically, is the weapons they were going to use to kill some of these rhinos. The owner of the reserve also mentioned to Newsweek that while the incident is sad, he is hoping it will deter other poachers from coming in to murder rhinos.
The Sibuya reserve contains 30 square miles of wildlife from rhinos to elephants and to buffalos and leopards, and because of this poachers continue to break into it. In 2016, three rhinos were murdered by poachers who broke in to steal their horns for ivory. Look — no one likes poachers. I would like my grandchildren to be able to see beautiful animals, please and thank you. So if you’re worried about the fate of the lions, the reserve official told Newsweek:
“They won’t be killed. The status quo will continue.”, and he added on Facebook “lions view a game viewing vehicle containing people as something entirely different from individuals who are walking on the ground. Over the last few days game guides and anti-poaching staff have continued to drive game viewing vehicles in the vicinity of this pride to check for any behavioural differences and they have confirmed that to date there have been none.”
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