AN interesting story came out of Africa in recent days after some poachers paid the ultimate price for targeting wild animals.

These poachers went hunting for rhinoceros – or should that be rhinoceri or maybe rhinocererseses?

To tell the truth, I really don’t know what the plural of rhino is.

Anyway, these poachers were sneaking around the Sibuya game reserve when, out of nowhere, some lions took an interest in them.

This encounter did not end well for the poachers.

A hunting rifle with silencer, a long axe and wire-cutters – equipment generally used by rhino poachers – were found at the scene, along with some human remains.

It is unclear how many poachers lost their lives but several lions had to be tranquilised before their remains could be recovered.

Nick Fox, who owns the game reserve where this happened, is reported as saying: “They strayed into a pride of lions. It’s a big pride, so they didn’t have too much time.

“We’re not sure how many there were – there’s not much left of them.”

Is it just me or is there more than a hint of karma at work here?

I’m sure that, like me, all other people who are disgusted by poachers will shed few tears for those who stumbled across that pride of lions.

The moral of the story? Don’t hurt animals.

More than 7,000 rhinos in South Africa have been killed over the last decade. Am I the only one who feels sickened by that number?

My message to poachers is this: Just stop it.

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