[WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE] Two lions found with heads, paws and chest removed in Marble Hall

Two lions were found with their heads and paws cut off in Marble Hall on Friday. Photo: Lim SAPS

LIMPOPO – Limpopo police have strongly condemned the killing of the lions, which are considered protected species.

Police in Marble Hall, outside Groblesdal, have launched a manhunt for the suspects, who killed two lions in Bushfellows Game Lodge on Friday, 11 August.

Photo: Lim SAPS

The owner of the game lodge was patrolling the camp, when he found the two lions and immediately called the police.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the lions were killed and both their heads and paws were removed and one’s chest was also cut off.

“The police are still investigating the possibility that the lions might have been shot dead,” says police spokesperson Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe.

The killings come days after two lions were killed in Vaalwater, near Lephalale earlier in the week.

Read more: [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES] Lions found with mouths & paws cut off in Vaalwater

Ngoepe says the suspects in the Vaalwater case are still on the run and the manhunt continues.

Anyone with information which can lead to the arrest of the suspect’s in both incidents are urged to contact Colonel Alpheus Mokale at 082 565 6524; the nearest police station; the crime stop number 0860010111 or the crime line sms 32211.

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