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Kidnapped Ethiopian Girl Rescued by Caring, Protective Lions
The Grist ^ | 3 Apr 2013 | Sarah Miller

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 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.


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: africa; aslan; children; culture; ethiopia; lions; napl; rescue; wildlife

1 posted on 04/06/2013 1:50:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows

Remember to tell your children to always go up to lions and pet them, if they see them.


2 posted on 04/06/2013 1:51:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Does that work for baby bears too?

8-)


3 posted on 04/06/2013 1:54:14 PM PDT by John Galt's cousin (WTF? We couldn't rescue four men in Benghazi? Is our military IMPOTENT? ( /s ))
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To: nickcarraway

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.


4 posted on 04/06/2013 1:58:04 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


5 posted on 04/06/2013 2:02:58 PM PDT by ansel12 (The lefts most effective quote-I'm libertarian on social issues, but conservative on economics.)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


6 posted on 04/06/2013 2:03:21 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: nickcarraway

Aslan is really on the move!


7 posted on 04/06/2013 2:05:31 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


8 posted on 04/06/2013 2:06:02 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The founding fathers didn't form this country by compromising.)
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To: nickcarraway
That sure is a lion of a tale....get it.. heh heh.. lion

LOL

I'll leave out the back way...

9 posted on 04/06/2013 2:13:10 PM PDT by Bayard
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To: ansel12

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.


10 posted on 04/06/2013 2:18:00 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: nickcarraway

BTTT


11 posted on 04/06/2013 2:19:31 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: nickcarraway

I have 3 big racoons that sit on the porch guarding the house all night long.


12 posted on 04/06/2013 2:27:45 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.)
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To: nickcarraway

“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.


13 posted on 04/06/2013 2:29:16 PM PDT by Revel
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To: nickcarraway

This is nearly Biblical. I wonder what God has in mind for this young girl to have lions protect her from the evil Muslims?


14 posted on 04/06/2013 2:29:43 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: miss marmelstein

What was I being silly about, children should play with wild lions, or should not play with wild lions, your post was confusing.


15 posted on 04/06/2013 2:36:52 PM PDT by ansel12 (The lefts most effective quote-I'm libertarian on social issues, but conservative on economics.)
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To: nickcarraway
Daniel smiles at this story. The Lord has plans for this child.
16 posted on 04/06/2013 2:37:56 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

Dang — that story is almost Biblical!


17 posted on 04/06/2013 2:39:21 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (LBJ declared war on poverty and lost. Barack Obama declared war on prosperity and won. /csmusaret)
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To: nickcarraway

Those were probably guardian angels manifesting as wild creatures.


18 posted on 04/06/2013 2:42:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: miss marmelstein

But if you’ve 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...


19 posted on 04/06/2013 2:44:25 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: nickcarraway

Anyone that believes that.... could believe in FREE Healthcare..

Who is that gullible?..


20 posted on 04/06/2013 2:46:14 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: nickcarraway

Christian the lion reunited with his old care takers. Very touching. You’ll love it.
http://youtu.be/0ZIQUb-d4GQ

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.


21 posted on 04/06/2013 2:46:40 PM PDT by sunny48
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To: Revel
Don’t laugh. It may be safer than walking up to a cop.

Agreed, at least I've never heard of a lion shooting itself in the foot.

22 posted on 04/06/2013 2:55:18 PM PDT by varon (USA Nationalist)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


23 posted on 04/06/2013 3:00:34 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Blood of Tyrants

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.


24 posted on 04/06/2013 3:32:01 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Blood of Tyrants

The religion of peace strikes again....


25 posted on 04/06/2013 3:42:20 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: sunny48

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.


26 posted on 04/06/2013 3:43:38 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: nickcarraway

B.S.


27 posted on 04/06/2013 3:44:01 PM PDT by Washi (PUSH BACK! Encourage your legislators to introduce pro-second amendment legislation.)
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To: Twotone
...but if I cough hard or make some other kind of unusual sound, she’ll come over to try to comfort me.

If your cat was bigger than you...she'd come over to try to eat you.

28 posted on 04/06/2013 3:45:27 PM PDT by Washi (PUSH BACK! Encourage your legislators to introduce pro-second amendment legislation.)
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To: mnehring
Lions don't normally hunt and eat people, unless they are starving, or unable to hunt regular game. They will however attack and kill people. Once they get used to the taste of human flesh, they turn into man-eaters.

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.

29 posted on 04/06/2013 3:47:08 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: Washi

No. She’d lose the person who plays ball with her when she’s bored. She prefers playing to eating.


30 posted on 04/06/2013 3:47:27 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Moorings

It’s got the Touch of God all over it, it defies all other logic.


31 posted on 04/06/2013 4:29:02 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: nickcarraway

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.


32 posted on 04/06/2013 4:47:32 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Paisan

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.


33 posted on 04/06/2013 5:02:37 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Bayard

>>>That sure is a lion of a tale....get it.. heh heh.. lion
LOL

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.


34 posted on 04/06/2013 5:47:31 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: nickcarraway

-——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


35 posted on 04/06/2013 5:52:55 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: Paisan

Their mind-reading abilities were uncanny...

* * *

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!!!


36 posted on 04/06/2013 7:46:19 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: nickcarraway; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Remember to tell your children to always go up to lions and pet them, if they see them.

But if called by a panther...
...don't anther.


37 posted on 04/06/2013 8:09:38 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: mardi59

38 posted on 04/06/2013 8:15:02 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: nickcarraway

God saved Daniel from the lion den. Poor little girl.


39 posted on 04/06/2013 8:30:05 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: JouleZ

Where is she now? Did they burn her as a witch?


40 posted on 04/07/2013 8:36:54 AM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them.)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


41 posted on 04/07/2013 8:39:42 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: bunkerhill7

Re: the raccoons. Do you have dogs or cats, or am I just gullible or can’t see the sarc tag?


42 posted on 04/07/2013 9:05:05 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (I must b e all here, because everyone keeps telling me I'm not all there.)
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To: Paisan

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.


43 posted on 04/07/2013 9:07:49 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (I must b e all here, because everyone keeps telling me I'm not all there.)
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To: Silentgypsy

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.


44 posted on 04/07/2013 11:40:04 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.)
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To: bunkerhill7

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?


45 posted on 04/07/2013 12:26:16 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (I must b e all here, because everyone keeps telling me I'm not all there.)
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To: Silentgypsy

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.


46 posted on 04/07/2013 1:20:19 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.)
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To: null and void

I have no idea but if she’s still alive she’s 8 years older than when this happened.


47 posted on 04/07/2013 1:28:46 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Is that really worse than meeting on Match.com?


48 posted on 04/07/2013 9:17:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: miss marmelstein
I have 2, and you're right. almost unnervingly so.

CC

49 posted on 11/28/2013 1:49:13 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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