Skip to comments.Kidnapped Ethiopian Girl Rescued by Caring, Protective Lions
Posted on 04/06/2013 1:50:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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 dont lions know the difference between a Person and a Furry Thing that Looks Just Like Them? Although who wants to complain? Its such a great story.
Its 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 theres been so much rape in the news lately, and its 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.
Remember to tell your children to always go up to lions and pet them, if they see them.
Does that work for baby bears too?
I remember this story, & it’s true that animals have a strong sympathetic response. I’ve seen it in our kitties. I currently have a little rescue kitty that has not always been really demonstrative, but if I cough hard or make some other kind of unusual sound, she’ll come over to try to comfort me.
Like a fool, I always kept the kids away from the lions, instilling fear and prejudice into those innocent young minds.
I was a part of the problem, not the solution.
Was it a lion or tiger that was able to pull a kid into a cage after the child’s head popped off when it wouldn’t go through the bars. Nice kitty my ass.
Aslan is really on the move!
According to the United Nations, about 70 percent of the marriages taking place in Ethiopia are the result of similar kidnappings.
Tell me again how all cultures are equal.
I'll leave out the back way...
Don’t be silly. Of course, lions are not to be trifled with. But if you’ve ever owned a Siamese cat - as I did - they can be spookily intuitive about human feelings. In any case, the king of the jungle scared off the human predators. Good story.
I have 3 big racoons that sit on the porch guarding the house all night long.
“Remember to tell your children to always go up to lions and pet them, if they see them.”
Don’t laugh. It may be safer than walking up to a cop.
This is nearly Biblical. I wonder what God has in mind for this young girl to have lions protect her from the evil Muslims?
What was I being silly about, children should play with wild lions, or should not play with wild lions, your post was confusing.
Dang — that story is almost Biblical!
Those were probably guardian angels manifesting as wild creatures.
But if youve ever owned a Siamese cat...
Owned many. Well, actually, they owned me. They kept me safe. Best Security System ever.
On the matter of intuition, when I would often get a mental hankerin’ for a can of King Oskar Sardines (packed in oil), the thought would barely caress my mind when I would hear 3 Siamese cats jump off the bed upstairs and come racing down the stairs to assist me in eating them. I had to go into the basement to eat them. Their mind-reading abilities were uncanny...
Anyone that believes that.... could believe in FREE Healthcare..
Who is that gullible?..
Christian the lion reunited with his old care takers. Very touching. You’ll love it.
As for me, I’d stay away from them.
We have a big cat rescue near by that we visit. Funny when spectators get too close,don’t know to get out of the way, and get peed on. LOL. City slickers.
Agreed, at least I've never heard of a lion shooting itself in the foot.
I am happy for the girl and it is a nice story, but it may be simply the lions saw the weakest of the group and took it off to eat later or feed its cubs. They chased the adults away to protect the food.
Just about every culture in the world has a history of marriage by capture. A great many wedding customs of various cultures are based on remnants of the practice.
My daughter is a wedding videographer, and on an immigrant Romanian wedding she went along with the groom and his henchmen when they “kidnapped” the bride to film it. Pretty funny, because they got bored after the abduction while waiting for the wedding to start and all got so drunk they could hardly stand up for the ceremony.
The religion of peace strikes again....
I love that.
If I had it to do over (and if I were single, since it’s a dangerous line of work), I’d become a zoologist. I have a soft spot for cats, big and small.
If your cat was bigger than you...she'd come over to try to eat you.
In this story, the girl should be dead even if they were keeping her to eat later. Moreover,adult humans or children are pretty weak to a lion. We are not fast or strong.
This is a very unusual incident.
No. She’d lose the person who plays ball with her when she’s bored. She prefers playing to eating.
It’s got the Touch of God all over it, it defies all other logic.
I bet that since this happened, this girl has been seen as having “major greegree”. Lions are very respected in Ethiopia.
Emperor Haile Selassie, himself thought of by some, like Rastafarians, as a “god king”, kept a pride of lions in his private zoo from 1930 until the 1970s, long enough so they have almost become a separate subspecies. They are still around, and look different from other lions, and are seen as a national treasure.
Siamese are incredibly intuitive - and I speak as one who doesn’t particularly like owning them - mostly ‘cause they are really demanding creatures. Cats can be very good watchdogs - silent but alert. You just have to watch the signals to know what they are saying.
>>>That sure is a lion of a tale....get it.. heh heh.. lion
I’ll leave out the back way... >>>
PLEASE tell me you’re NOT appearing for the next 6 nights, and I promise I’ll eat the pork chops anyway.
-——Not only were the lions guarding her——
Actually, they were fattening her up. Stringy girls need a little meat on their bones to be good
Their mind-reading abilities were uncanny...
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I had a black half-Siamese (his name was Ursus) — craziest cat ever — who did exactly the same thing! I KNOW Ursus could tell when I was thinking about having a snack. He would come running in from the next room! So it wasn’t just my body language. Having Ursus around the house was like having another human around ... just so much personality. Had him for nearly 20 years. Dang, I miss that mind-reading cat!!!
But if called by a panther...
God saved Daniel from the lion den. Poor little girl.
Where is she now? Did they burn her as a witch?
Dr. Hugh Ross tells about the student who brought his adult lioness to the CalTech campus daily in the mid-’70s. The lion would lay at the feet of the professors during lectures and watch the students. Her favorite time was lunch, which she spent on the grassy quad with her owner. The campus preschool kids, twenty or so, would all climb all over the lioness and play with her—she just loved them. At the end of the day it was difficult to push her into the van for the trip home, because she so loved all her human interactions.
Re: the raccoons. Do you have dogs or cats, or am I just gullible or can’t see the sarc tag?
You didn’t share your sardines? We have four cats. Three of them feel entitled (those darned entitlements again) to examine and sample whatever we eat.
Oh it is true but the cats stay in at night. No dogs- who needs a dog when one has 3 furry bandit-faced assault weapons with teeth and claws?? Plus I saved 35 bucks on a dog license and $300 bucks on vet shots. My sis used to have a racoon that lived in her van and would attack anyone trying to break in. She has 6 racoons that live next to her house They go in and out using the doggie door to eat cat food in the kitchen and sometimes in her bedroom. Her cats don`t seem to mind.
I’m very happy for you and your sister! Sounds like an idyllic situation. Around here, we have possums which don’t seem to bring positive attributes to the situation. How do you attract raccoons?
Oh couple possums here but rarely. They usually are kinda shy and play dead.
Oh since years ago we have a family of racoons in the oak tree and we feed them from babies when the mother racoon brings them to the porch to train them. When they get hungry they ring a bell on the porch or knock on the door or window. They come when I call them to eat. Same thing for the squirrels, blue jays and other birds here too. Usually the female matriarch racoon is the boss and she selects the best food. When they sense someone or another animal approaching the house they stand up on their hind legs. If it is a fox, they will charge off the porch en masse to chase him away. But if a pack of coydogs or coyotes is around they hide up in the oak tree. Also, couple of skunks which I call by name to come; same thing and they never attack cos they know us since they are babies. But the racoons usually chase off the skunks off the porch; so the skunks have a different feeding area next to the porch.
I have no idea but if she’s still alive she’s 8 years older than when this happened.
Is that really worse than meeting on Match.com?
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