Saturday, June 25, 2005

Lions to the Rescue

Here's an amazing AP report out of 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.

Seems there's no limit to the cruelty of humans, both to their fellow humans and to animals. Ethiopia's large lions with their distinctive black manes are the country's national symbol. However, hunters continue to kill them for their skins. Only about 1,000 are left in the wild.


Blogger John Walter said...

Okay, I'm going all misty-eyed.

An incident like that does 100 times more for animal rights than PETA can do on their best day.

1:35 PM, June 25, 2005  
Blogger Esther said...

Absolutely amazing.

9:21 PM, June 25, 2005  

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