When the poachers started on their misguided adventure that day to butcher helpless captive rhinoceroses for their prized horns, they had no idea it would be their final scheme. But the lure of the riches they would earn from their quest was what kept them on the path that ended with their doom.
After hours, the criminal trio broke into the Sibuya Game Reserve in Eastern South Africa with dollar signs in their eyes. Their failure to keep their eyes on something else was the cause of their gruesome demise.
The Daily Caller reports, the staff at the reserve “discovered a human head, limbs, and other body parts, along with three pairs of empty shoes, in the park’s lion enclosure.
"They also found hunting rifles with suppressors, wire cutters and an axe used often used by poachers to cut off rhino horns.”
Their only conclusion was that a pride of lions had discovered the poachers and got the jump on them.
Park Owner Nick Fox told the publication, “We found enough body parts and three pairs of empty shoes which suggest to us that the lions ate at least three of them but it is thick bush and there could be more.
“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.”
Officials indicate that there’s a possibility that there were more than three poachers, but it will take some time to search the nearby wooded areas for signs of other hunters.
Rhino poaching is a worldwide problem and the population of the animal has been dwindling in the wake of this profitable industry.
According to the conservation website Africa Wildlife Detective, “Demand from China and Vietnam have elevated the price of rhino horns to new levels.
“There have been reports that rhino horn has been fetching prices as high as US$50,000 per kg. This is similar to the street price for cocaine in the UK.
“This demand has obviously resulted in a big surge in the number of rhino poaching incidents.”