Wednesday, June 22, 2005


A pride of lions has rescued a girl from her kidnappers in rural south-west Ethipoia, according to police.

A 12-year-old girl was snatched by four men on her way home from school early in June.

A week later, kidnappers were moving her with police in pursuit when three lions encountered the group and chased the men off, local police said.

The lions stayed with the girl without harming her, before departing as police searching for her came near.

Sergeant Wondmu Wedaj told the media from Bita Genet, some 560 kilometres (348 miles) south-west of the capital, Addis Ababa, that they found the girl alive but shocked and terrified.

"They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest," the policeman said.

The girl told the police she had been beaten by her kidnappers, but no harm was done to her by the lions.

An Ethiopian wildlife expert said the lions may have spared the girl because her crying may have sounded like the mewing sound from a lion cub.

"Everyone thinks this is some kind of miracle, because normally the lions would attack people," Sergeant Wondimu added.

Four men have been caught by police.

The United Nations estimates abductions, which lead to marriage, are rife in rural areas where the majority of Ethiopians live.


Space Nakji said...

I just read that article online, too! That story is so sad... If only the lions had eaten the kidnappers while they were at it...

San Nakji said...

Ha ha, that would have made a perfect story ;-)

Anonymous said...

That's very interesting; why would they have acted so just because she sounded like a lion cub? She certainly didn't look like one!

Oricon Ailin said...

This is a remarkable story. I had read it on the internet news yesterday and was amazed! Animals really do amazing things.

San Nakji said...

Yup, one for the animals I say!