Wow, what a story...
Abducted Ethiopian girl found being guarded by lions, authorities say
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Police in Ethiopia are calling it a miracle.
They're crediting three lions with helping keep safe a 12-year-old girl who'd been abducted and beaten by men trying to force her into a marriage.
Police say the lions stood guard by the girl after apparently chasing off her captors.
The girl had been missing for a week. One police official says the lions guarded the child for about half a day -- and after her rescue, the lions went back into the forest.
A wildlife expert says the girl's crying may have kept her from being eaten. He says the lions may have mistaken her whimpering for the mewing sound of a lion cub.
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