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Postby StlSluggers » Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:02 pm

I won't get specific - so that I do not offend - but these kind of events always make you wonder if there isn't something/someone a little higher than us watching out and occassionally getting involved.

FoxNews.com wrote:ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A 12-year-old girl who was abducted and beaten by men trying to force her into a marriage was found being guarded by three lions who apparently had chased off her captors, a policeman said Tuesday.

The girl, missing for a week, had been taken by seven men who wanted to force her to marry one of them, said Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo, speaking by telephone from the provincial capital of Bita Genet, about 350 miles southwest of Addis Ababa.

She was beaten repeatedly before she was found June 9 by police and relatives on the outskirts of Bita Genet, Wondimu said. She had been guarded by the lions for about half a day, he said.

"They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest," Wondimu said.

"If the lions had not come to her rescue, then it could have been much worse. Often these young girls are raped and severely beaten to force them to accept the marriage," he said.

Tilahun Kassa, a local government official who corroborated Wondimu's version of the events, said one of the men had wanted to marry the girl against her wishes.

"Everyone thinks this is some kind of miracle, because normally the lions would attack people," Wondimu said.
Stuart Williams, a wildlife expert with the rural development ministry, said the girl may have survived because she was crying from the trauma of her attack.

"A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn't eat her," Williams said.

Ethiopia's lions, famous for their large black manes, are the country's national symbol and adorn statues and the local currency. Despite a recent crackdown, Hunters also kill the animals for their skins, which can fetch $1,000. Williams estimates that only 1,000 Ethiopian lions remain in the wild.

The girl, the youngest of four siblings, was "shocked and terrified" after her abduction and had to be treated for the cuts from her beatings, Wondimu said.

He said police had caught four of the abductors and three were still at large.

Kidnapping young girls has long been part of the marriage custom in Ethiopia. The United Nations estimates that more than 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where most of the country's 71 million people live.
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Postby Rirruto » Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:09 pm

That is truly amazing, animals are smarter than we think. Not to hijack or anything but when my sister and I sometimes punch each other on the arm or play fight, my dog will bark at us, and he RARELY barks, kind of like he's telling us to stop. lol
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Postby AT » Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:10 pm

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Postby Big Pimpin » Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:22 pm

Wow, that is amazing. Good find. ;-D
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Postby Madison » Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:29 pm

Wow 8-o and wow. :-/

Lions saved the girl? Wow! 8-o

It's common for guys to kidnap, and beat girls into marrying them? Wow. :-/
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Postby go_jays_go » Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:31 pm

Whoa, thats amazing. 8-o

Luckily she was alright ;-D
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Postby Red Stripe » Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:55 pm

That is a pretty cool story.

But seriously its not like the lions are geniuses, they see a weaker being or animal getting abused and beaten by many more of them, then lots of different kinds of animals would step in if something like that was going on. Ya as someone said dogs can probably recognize that too.
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Postby pokerplaya » Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:00 pm

Animals are much smarter than they are given credit for. I believe that these Lions sensed that something was awry and came to the rescue.
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Re: 3 Lions Save, Protect Kidnapped 12-Year Old

Postby RugbyD » Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:42 pm

StlSluggers wrote:Kidnapping young girls has long been part of the marriage custom in Ethiopia. The United Nations estimates that more than 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where most of the country's 71 million people live.


This is the most important part of the whole article. How the hell does a country expect to become half-way civilized and a legitimate part of the global community when this is the norm? This isn't even an issue of "different customs" or else the words 'abduction' and 'kidnapping' wouldn't be used. Lack of food is the least of their problems.
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