South Africa 1.6.2016 12:47 pm

Suspects nabbed with lion body parts

A lion's paw. Photo: iStock.

A lion's paw. Photo: iStock.

Police suspect the heads and paws belong to two white lions that were poisoned last week.

Three Mozambican nationals are expected to appear in the Giyani Magistrates’ Court in Limpopo after they were found in possession of lion body parts.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said the suspects were apprehended on Tuesday during a joint operation by members of the provincial stock theft unit, which forms part of the rhino task team, Rekord Centurion reported.

Eight lion paws were seized by Limpopo police on Tuesday. Photo: Supplied

Eight lion paws were seized by Limpopo police on Tuesday. Photo: Supplied

“Three people were arrested in Giyani on Tuesday afternoon, after information was received about suspects selling lion heads and paws,” she said.

Two heads and eight paws were seized, and the suspects charged with the illegal possession of a protected species.

“Investigations to link this arrest and discovery to the incident where two white lions were poisoned at Stockpoort are ongoing,” said Otto.

The two lions were found dead at a farm with their heads and paws hacked off in May.

They are believed to have been given a pesticide called Temik, which was discontinued in 2011.

– Caxton News Service

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