Weird Nature 10 Times Animals Attacked People Trying To Poach Them  

Chelsea Harris
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Is there anything more ironic than a poacher being killed by their targets? All over the world, poachers are illegally hunting animals - some endangered - for their fur, tusks, and meat. It has gotten so bad, a rare rhinoceros was poached in its cage at the zoo. And animals have had enough. Animals killing poachers is a sweet, sweet turn of revenge for the aniamls being attacked by poaching. 

What is poaching? It's become even more of a problem in the recent past due to our rapidly growing technological advancements. Now, poachers don't simply have to sneak onto preserved land with weapons in tow, they can find exact whereabouts of their prey from the comfort of their own home. That's right, poachers are now hacking into systems used to keep track of and study the endangered species and their environments. 

As long as there is poaching, there will be animals attacking poachers trying to save themselves. If you hate poaching, read about these poachers who got what they deserved. 

This Poacher Was Probably Going After Rhinos Until Some Lions Came For Him
This Poacher Was Probably Goin... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 10 Times Animals Attacked People Trying To Poach Them
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In 2018, an unidentified poacher was killed and nearly fully consumed by a pride of lions in the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve, a private game reserve outside of Kruger National Park, South Africa. Though the body was nearly devoured by the time it was discovered by authorities, a loaded hunting rifle was discovered nearby and the area of the park has been popular with rhino poachers over the years. Rhino poaching is lucrative, but thankfully has been reportedly on the decline in South Africa since 2014.

Lion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 10 Times Animals Attacked People Trying To Poach Them
Photo: DaFranzos/Pixabay

In 2015, a group of five poachers had a brush with death in South Africa when the very animal they were illegally hunting hunted them.

One poacher, later identified as 24-year-old Matome Mahlale, was mauled to death by his game while his friend fled the scene. Three of the men were forced to climb a nearby tree, and miraculously, one escaped. Unfortunately, two dogs that the men had taken with them to assist in the hunt were killed, but the death and extreme fear caused by the lions seemed to be well deserved.

Scientific Name: Panthera leo

Rank: Species

Type Of: Panthera

Types: Cave lion, American lion, Cape Lion, Southwest African Lion, Transvaal Lion, + more

Examples: Marjan, Tax Reduction, Budget Bureau, Caesar, Sulima, + more

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Rhinoceros is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 10 Times Animals Attacked People Trying To Poach Them
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In October 2017, the tables against one poacher truly turned. In Namibia, a rhino decided he wasn't having it and injured his poacher when he least expected it. 

Apparently, the poacher said the rhino came "out of nowhere." He was tracking the animal and all of a sudden he was being trampled by it. While he did eventually find refuge, his leg was severely injured. He was arrested and taken to a hospital where he stayed under guard by the police. 


Scientific Name: Rhinocerotidae

Rank: Family

Type Of: Odd-toed ungulate

Types: Coelodonta, Dicerorhinus, Ceratotherium, Diceros, Rhinoceros

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Elephant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 10 Times Animals Attacked People Trying To Poach Them
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Due to the spike of ivory, many poachers are crawling out of the woodwork and infiltrating Africa's national parks in hopes of scoring some.

In 2013, two men in Zimbabwe attempted to poach an elephant to extract its ivory, but missed. Instead of a poached elephant they got a pissed off elephant. The elephant, exercising its revenge, chased after them, crushing one of the men to death. Later, park officials ordered the living man to take them to his friends crushed body. They retrieved the corpse and arrested him. 

The moral of the story: don't mess with a 12,000 pound animal.

Scientific Name: ऍलिफ़ॅन्टिडी@hi, Elephantidae@sl, Elephantidae

Rank: Family

Type Of: Proboscidea

Examples: Tai

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