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Score one for the animal kingdom. Here.

Three Ethiopian lions scared off several men who were trying force marriage upon a 12-year-old girl to one of the men. The men had abducted the young girl and beat her. Police suspect that the lions mistakened the girl’s cries for lion cub whimpers, which kind of explains why the girl wasn’t eaten by the lions.

“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.”

Too bad there aren’t more lions in the world to help protect more of these young girls from abduction. It’s human actions like these that make the animal kingdom much less frightening. I’d say 99% of all animals are harmless to humans, but with so many of them dying and suffering at our hands, directly or indirectly, it is hard to blame them for attacking us in those rare occasions. I certainly sympathize with animals, and hopefully an event where lead species of the animal kingdom can show sympathy is enlightening.

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A proud dork and loser, Tan The Man writes mostly about film and music, and has previously covered the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, South By Southwest and WonderCon.
  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    Great news – thank you.

    I wonder if this is a kind of “Androcles” story – perhaps one or more of the men had a previous bad history with one of the lions, or they had some bad experiences with males of the sort.

    Simba for President!

  • Nancy

    Did the lions eat the men or maybe maul them? If not, pity.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/dorksandlosers Tan The Man

    I don’t think so… you’re right it is a pity.

  • M’Lynn

    Can’t You see God has his hand on this one!!!!!!!

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Methinks there is a little bit too much anthropomorphication going on here, but I’m glad the lions — deliberately or inadvertantly — saved that little girl.

    M’Lynn, are you suggesting that God doesn’t have His hand on the millions of other little girls that are kidnapped and raped in that country?

  • dave

    hay! hay! u see what hapen in my cantry it is a meracel see Gad do such things like this out hearei am so hapy b/c of this thing hapen in my home town. Hay!ha!

  • LAURIE BAILEY

    I AGREE WITH M’LYNN GODS HAND WAS PROTECTING THIS LITTLE GIRL.
    AND AS FOR WHY GOD HASN’T PROTECTED OTHER GIRLS WHO HAVE BEEN RAPED OR KIDNAPPED I DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT, BUT GOD IS A GOOD AND JUST GOD AND HE MAY HAVE A SPECIAL PLAN FOR THIS YOUNG LADY. AND WHO KNOWS THIS OR SIMILAR THINGS MAY HAVE HAPPENED TO PROTECT OTHER GIRLS AND IT JUST WASN’T REPORTED.

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    God’s a lion trainer

  • http://www.Jenny.ws Ian

    I grew up in Africa. Every week some or other little girl/boy were eaten by lions – never mind how much they cried. Lions do that, as countless Christians throughout history can attest to, so the
    Little girl crying stopped the hungry lions from eating her” explanation is nonsense. However there is a precedent for this story: Once, many years ago, a small band of believers were thrown into the “lions den”, Daniel and his pals, and they were not eaten. Right afterwards, some other people were introduced to these same lions, and were scarfed down pretty fast! Yet many other believers did get eaten, on many occasions. We know that God did have a special plan for Daniel, and it’s reasonable to assume probably also for this young girl. It would be interesting to follow what happens to her in the future. Either way, it is a Miracle, that much is plain to me and all others who grew up around lions.

  • http://www.dorksandlosers.com Tan The Man

    Yeah, the explanation does sound weird. Hundreds of people have probably cried before being eaten by lions. But I think it’s an explanation people like to hear.

  • westo

    Is this a true story?

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