Human remains found in a South African game reserve are believed to be those of a gang of rhino poachers who ran into a pack of lions.
In 2016, poachers hacked off the horns and killed three rhinos at the Sibuya Game Reserve.
More than 7,000 have been killed in South Africa in the past decade.
A ranger discovered human remains close to a pride of lions while taking guests on a safari drive at the reserve on Tuesday.
An axe and three pairs of shoes and gloves were found later when police and an anti-poaching unit arrived.
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The night guard heard a noise from the fenced area with six lions, but did not respond to this, since lions are often noisy night in the cage.
"It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions". "They use the rifle to shoot the animal and the ax to remove the horn".
Captain Govender said: "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 said the lions' behavior appeared no different than ever and that the lions "view a game-viewing vehicle containing people as something entirely different from individuals who are walking on the ground".
The police also recovered the team's hunting gear in thick, thorny brush near the group of lions, including a high-powered rifle with a silencer and an ax, which was presumably for removing the horns of rhinos after killing them.
Although we will continue to be extremely vigilant we remain positive that this incident will not necessitate any changes to the status quo of our lions. In 2017, poachers killed 1,028 rhinos in South Africa, according to National Geographic.