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Kidnapped Ethiopian girl rescued by caring, protective lions

June 23, 2014
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A 12-year-old girl kidnapped by a group of seven men in the Ethiopian city of Bita Genet was found several days after her abduction, safe under the watchful eyes of three lions. Not only were the lions guarding her, they allegedly chased off her captors.

The girl was reportedly abducted by the seven men with the idea that she would be forced into marrying one of the them. According to the United Nations, about 70 percent of the marriages taking place in Ethiopia are the result of similar kidnappings. And nearly 100 percent of those abduction-marriages are not thwarted by kindly wildlife.

While it is certainly within reason to consider this a miracle, a wildlife official did point out that the lions — who guarded the girl for about a half day — may have heard her crying and mistaken her for a cub. Interesting theory, but don’t lions know the difference between a Person and a Furry Thing that Looks Just Like Them? Although who wants to complain? It’s such a great story.

It’s so great, in fact, that Twitter is going nuts about it today even though this event took place and was reported on in 2005. Possibly because there’s been so much rape in the news lately, and it’s nice to hear a story with a happy ending. Or maybe we just like stories where animals behave in the noble, humane way we wish people would.

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pawsome story
smiles galore.
sure wish stupid
would not hunt
these animals

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

9 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    June 23, 2014 10:46 am

    pawsome story
    smiles galore.
    sure wish stupid
    would not hunt
    these animals

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 23, 2014 10:59 am

      Love it, thank you, my dear. I was just about to send you an email but it looks like this came through okay? 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        June 23, 2014 11:30 am

        Yes it did :). You are so welcome


  2. lindabadham permalink
    June 23, 2014 11:14 am

    Animals have more love in them than most “humans”. That’s a fact !

    Liked by 1 person

  3. June 23, 2014 1:33 pm

    And this Lion will likely die at the hands of a poacher one day.


  4. lovegan permalink
    June 23, 2014 1:40 pm

    I’m not surprised, animals do care! It’d have been worse the opposite, a lion cub among humans

    Liked by 1 person

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