Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.-- James A. Froude (1818-1894)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lions protected a little girl from kidnappers in Ethiopia

This story has 3 issues :
1. Amazing animals! Lions in Ethiopia did an unexpected deed - protected a 12 year old girl from her captors. "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"

It was speculated that the lions acted like that because the girl was whimpering and might hv been mistaken for a lion's cub.

I believe that animals, despite of their nature to hunt and kill, have  innate compassion to protect helpless young beings. Something, some humans should learn from them.

2. Violence against women/children - The 12 yr old girl was kidnapped & beaten to force her into marriage in Ethiopia. Culturally accepted there. "The United Nations (UN) estimates more than 70% of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where the majority of the country’s 71 million people live.""

3. Extinction - Lions, once revered in Ethiopia, is now a dying breed. Ethiopia’s lions, famous for their large black manes, are the country’s national symbol and adorn statues and the local currency. Former emperor Haile Selassie kept a pride in the royal palace in Addis Ababa.
Despite their integral place in Ethiopia culture, their numbers have been falling, according to experts, as farmers encroach on bush land. Hunters also kill the animals for their skins, which can fetch $1 000, despite a recent crackdown against illegal animal trading across the country. Williams said at most only 1 000 Ethiopian lions remain in the wild.

Humanity,...sometimes i wonder WHAT WENT WRONG IN OUR DESIGN?

Full story : http://www.ethiopianreview.us/7523

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