Before the site could be adequately combed through, the lions had to be tranquilized because they were milling about the area, but are unlikely to be punished for what they did. Sibuya's owner, Nick Fox, is understandably very grateful to the majestically maned cats for saving his rhinos, especially considering he's experienced poaching before on the reserve. Rhino poaching is a huge issue in the area, and three were killed for their horns on a nearby reserve as recently as this Spring.
"It is huge relief that they did not get to the rhino. We had a poaching around this exact same time two years ago,” Fox said in an interview with South Africa's Herald Port Elizabeth.
Police also said they will further examine the remains, and do a ballistics test on the recovered weapons to see if they can be linked to any other poaching incidents.