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Poachers Killed By Lions After Breaking Into Wildlife Reserve
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Heidi Kennedy
08.22.19

Throughout history, the poaching of animals has almost lead to the almost extinction of many species. Poaching is described as illegally hunting protected animals especially on land that does not belong to the hunter. Worldwide actions have been taken to protect these precious creatures. But we as humans can only do so much and sometimes, they have to protect their own.

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A group of poachers was killed by a pride of lions after sneaking into a wildlife reserve.

The poachers met their doom at the Sibuya Game Reserve in Africa after they illegally broke into the reserve with weapons. Armed with an ax, wire cutters, and a high-powered firearm with a silencer, the group cut and dodged their way onto the land looking to harvest a rhino horn to sell.

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The poachers were after rhino horns which are very valuable.

Comprised mostly of keratin, rhino horns are valued for their medicinal value in some countries. The ancient Greeks believed that the horn of a rhino could make water pure. Other countries used the horns to create handles for their daggers.

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All of these purposes have caused the demand for the horn to only increase in value over the years. Horns are sold on the black market and they are a prize with an extremely high price.

Making a deadly mistake, the poachers ran into a pride of lions.

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The group was likely taking every precaution they could while sneaking and dodging their way around hunting the rhinos. But it was not enough. Even with their weapons, they were no match for the hungry lions.

The attempted illegal actions of the poachers cost them their lives.

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It was a field guide who round the remains of the poachers. He alerted the anti-poaching unit of his findings. Nick Fox, the owner of the reserve said that the group crossed a large group of lions. The attack from a pride of lions would have been excruciating to witness. The authorities and workers of the reserve were unable to identify how many were in the group due to the torn and half-eaten bodies.

“The poacher’s mangled remains were most likely eaten by a pride of six lions who were on the reservation to protect the endangered rhinos” explains Nick.

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The lions were placed there as guards to protect and hunt down any intruders. And that is exactly what the lions did. They attacked the intruders and kept them from poaching the rhinos. But the poachers met a gruesome fate.

People are commenting on the irony of the situation.

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It seems to be a pure case of karma and it has commenters buzzing about the irony of the poachers being killed when killing was their intent. Wildlife reserves are one of the ways that people have taken action against illegal poaching acts.

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While there are many things we can do to help, sometimes the strength of the animals is all it takes to keep each other safe.

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By Heidi Kennedy
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Heidi Kennedy is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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