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Saturday, July 09, 2005

Lions to the Rescue! Big Cats Save Kidnapped Girl

By Anthony Mitchell, Associated Press, posted: 21 June, 20051:50pm ET

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - Police say three lions rescued a 12-year-old girl kidnapped by men who wanted to force her into marriage, chasing off her abductors and guarding her until police and relatives tracked her down in a remote corner of Ethiopia.

The men had held the girl for seven days, repeatedly beating her, before the lions chased them away and guarded her for half a day before her family and police found her, Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo said Tuesday by telephone from the provincial capital of Bita Genet, some 560 kilometers (348 miles) southwest of the capital, Addis Ababa.

“They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest,'' Wondimu said, adding he did not know whether the lions were male or female.

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