Real or fake: Did lions eat 3 suspected Rhino poachers in SA?

Real or fake: Did lions eat 3 suspected Rhino poachers in SA?

- Three suspects allegedly entered a South African game reserve with the intent of killing rhinos

- Social media claims and news sites reported the poachers were met by a pride of lions

- The lions mauled all three men to death, reports added

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Poaching is a serious issue in the world. South Africans have been working hard to protect endangered species - one of which is the rhino.

However, the fight against poachers are still ongoing till this day, and sometimes it is nature that fights back. This week, news resurfaced on social media which claimed that three suspected poachers met their end when they came face-to-face with lions in Mzansi.

Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at the facts and determine whether the reports were true or false.

The claim:

Three suspected rhino poachers allegedly entered the Sibuya Game Reserve in July last year. However, the men stumbled into a large pride of lions who attacked them.

According to AFP, the alleged poachers were ripped to pieces and officials were not even sure how many there were, but they believed it was only three men.

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Real or fake: Did lions eat 3 suspected Rhino poachers in SA?

Photo credit: Sibuya Game Reserve/Facebook.
Source: Facebook

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The fact:

According to several sites, including AFP and a post by the game reserve's Facebook page, the story is in fact true.

After the incident took place, the reserve took to the social media platform to provide feedback on the future of the lions.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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