A 12-year-old girl was kidnapped in Ethiopia, beaten, and almost forced into an awful and disgusting marriage, but luckily, that marriage didn't happen because she was saved by LIONS.
Three lions, to be exact!
The lions chased off the seven men who took her for a week, wanting her to to marry one of her captors.
She was found by police and relatives on the outskirts of Bita Genet, Wondimu, beaten and in terrible condition with the lions STANDING GUARD. They had been standing guard for half of the day before she was found!
Here's what the police said:
“They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest. 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. Everyone thinks this is some kind of miracle, because normally the lions would attack people."
The good news — other than her amazing survival, of course — is that the cops caught FOUR of the seven abductors. Three are still at large, but at least they aren't all still at large!
The bad news is that marriage by abduction is a HUGE custom in Ethiopia. We're talking an estimated 70 percent or more of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction!
"Custom" or not, that's horrible!
[Image via AP Images.]
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