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10 Times Animals Attacked People Trying To Poach Them

Updated August 4, 2020 15.7k views10 items

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. 

  • A Pride Of Lions Take Revenge

    In 2016, a group of men went out looking for elephants in Zimbabwe, but got lions - 20 of them. In the middle of tracking their prey, they looked up and were met with a whole pack of very angry cats. Apparently, they were attacked almost immediately, and five of them were abruptly slaughtered. Three men made it out with injuries ranging from minor to severe. They fled to a nearby village to treat their wounds and were arrested. 

    Those lions weren't putting up with poachers on their land. 

  • When Animals Work Together

    Photo: John and Karen Hollingsworth, US Fish and Wildlife Service / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    They thought they were going to poach them, but little did they know, these animals had other plans. In Kruger National Park, all that remains of a group of poachers is a bare skull and some shreds of one man's clothes. 

    After sneaking into the park in 2010 to check on some traps they had set up, a group of very angry rhinos charged the poachers, causing them to all run off in different directions. Two of them made it out with their lives, however, one unlucky man was first trampled and then eaten to death by a pack of lions. 

    Now that's working together to get the job done. 

  • This Elephant Was Ready To Strike Back

    In 2013, two men illegally entered a national park in Africa armed with only two rifles and the desire to murder an elephant for its ivory tusks. Apparently, one man escaped, but his friend was trampled and killed just as he was attempting to take a shot at the animal.

    Due to the excessive slaughter of elephants by poachers, nearly 40,000 a year, elephants are attempting to fight back. Researchers say that they think the elephants are sometimes aware of their hunters and have been trying to take revenge. 

  • This Lion Lost It On A Group Of Poachers

    We all know it's not a good idea to interact with wild animals like they're our house cat. These poachers, however, weren't so smart, and were lucky to make it out alive. 

    In 2013, a group of men saw a lion from afar and waited in some brush to get the right shot, but little did they know that while they're tracking the lion, another lion was tracking them. They shot and missed, and then the lion came barrelling toward them. It jumped and attacked one of them, knocking him to the ground. The others scattered and the lion trotted off, pleased with itself. Hopefully, this will be a warning not them not to come back again.