Sat 25 Jun, 2005 08:56 pm
Addis Ababa - Ethiopia was abuzz on Wednesday over reports that a small pride of lions rescued a 12-year-old girl from pursuers intending to force her into marriage, but wildlife experts scoffed at the accounts.
In a country recently embroiled in deadly post-election violence, the story of big cats saving a vulnerable maiden from unsavoury captors resonated throughout the capital and other cities where residents spoke excitedly of "miracles" and "divine intervention."
Experts expressed extreme doubts about the report which was first carried by the official Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) on Tuesday and then picked up by state-run media, saying it was most likely too good to be true.
In fact, they said, far from displaying highly unusual empathy with a human being, the lions were almost certainly preparing to eat or attack the girl when they were surprised by police searching for the missing youngster.
According to a police officer cited by ENA, who repeated a similar account to AFP on Wednesday, the three lions chased away seven men who had abducted and beaten up the 12-year-old in an attempt to force her into an arranged marriage.
They then stood guard over the traumatised, sobbing girl before disappearing into the bush when police and family members arrived on the scene in the remote region of Bita Genet about 400km southwest of Addis Ababa.
It's a mystery to me why some police officials always seem to want to see the basest sort of motives in lions and other members of the natural order. The basic facts of the matter (i.e. all the real evidence available) simply indicate that the lions took pity on the girl and saved her from the slammites. There have been similar stories of lionesses adopting orphaned antelope fawns in recent years.
There have been similar stories of lionesses adopting orphaned antelope fawns in recent years.
Yes. It was called dinner.
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Eeeheeheeheeheeheeheehee . . .
Certainly, it was by the will of the Kushite god Bes, god of music and dance, and protector of children.
Note that the lions were bright enough not to poison themselves by trying to EAT the fricking muslims.....