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Suspected Rhino Poachers Eaten Alive By Lions After Breaking Into Reserve

More than 7,000 rhinos have been killed in South Africa this year.

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At least two rhino poachers were mauled to death by lions on a South African Game reserve, say officials.

Rangers discovered the remains of at least two, possibly three people in a lion enclosure in the Sibuya reserve, near the south-east town of Kenton-on-Sea.

A high-powered rifle and axe were also found.

Sibuya reserve owner Nick Fox said in a statement on the reserve’s Facebook page that poachers had entered the reserve late Sunday night, or the early hours of Monday morning.

Growing demand for rhino horns in parts of Asia has led to a rise in poaching in Africa in recent years. In China, Vietnam select other places, rhino horn is thought to have medicinal qualities, even though it is made from the same material as human fingernails.

Police have been patrolling the area in case any of the suspected poachers survived.

Nine rhinos were killed by poachers in Eastern Cape province, where the reserve is located, this year alone.

More than 7,000 have been killed in South Africa in the past decade.

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