Five men reported killed and three others injured severely by a pride of lions in Hwange National Park now appears false.
A recent report claimed that Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner-General, Augustine Chihuri had said that five men illegally hunting elephants were mauled and killed by at least 20 lions, and three others were severely injured.
The alleged lion’s attack was so violent that the escaping men abandoned their ‘comrades’ and fled. Upon reaching a nearby village seeking assistance, the men were immediately captured and arrested.
Chihuri was claimed to have said,“The men were visibly traumatized by the attack, and after seeing their injuries and the remains of their dead comrades, I can see why. These guys (are) tough criminals carrying AK-47s, but they were literally shred to pieces and devoured by the lions. I have never seen an animal attack reach this level of violence, and I have seen a lot!”
The report that any of the poachers who survived their injuries would face a multitude of charges, including illegal-hunting, possession of illegal weapons and breaking of the Parks and Wildlife Act is now deemed to be false. Had it been true, they each would have faced up to 25 years in jail and a $100,000 fine.
While the highlighted title sounded good to decent, honest hunters and conservationists everywhere; it’s just not factual. The reason being is that it’s just not substantiated at this time. As hated as these real poachers are, if that many of them had met their fate at the hands of ‘nature’ in the form of lions it would have made the top story in newscasts around the world.
The pride’s attack was supposedly so sudden and violent that they overcame some 10 poachers armed with AK-47s and not one lion was injured! With all the mass hysteria over Cecil the lion, actual elephant and rhino poaching, and many other game violations it seems that a bold headline stating that some poachers had been taken to school by lions just sounded too good to be true.
And usually if it sounds too good to be true, as in this case, it is.