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  •  Unpredictable (23+ / 0-)

    Cats are strange sorts of creatures and while this is an unusual story, somehow it doesn't surprise me all that much.  If they are hungry, all bets are off.  If they are not hungry, they get curious.  A crying teenage girl just does not fit the particular image they associate with prey.  She is bipedal, makes weird noises, and unlike your standard gazelle or cow or such, she's not physically structured the same way for a quick bite to the neck. If they were not hungry, their first instinct would have been to investigate and possibly to play with her, which usually means batting her around a little and that might well have ended tragically.   It is possible that her cries stimulated something.  Also one of the dominant females might have lost a cub and been in a certain frame of mind to shelter the girl.  There was another lioness in Kenya that took in and protected a young eland for quite a while after losing a cub - and that's especially odd since antelope are usually food.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 08:51:09 AM PST

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    •  Or... (2+ / 0-)
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      (as is most likely, in my opinion) what we're reading here is the southwestern Ethiopian version of an urban legend.  I'm curious if the virgin Mary could be seen in the dust kicked up by the lions as they "went back into the forest?" Was the outline of Jesus visible in the bubbles on her injera the next day? Might as well add those aspects to make the story even better.

      •  My thought even as I was reccing the diary (4+ / 0-)
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        But I want it to be true.

        Could be true. Stranger things have happened. Science is far more wonderous than superstition anyway.

        Enjoy the San Diego Zoo's panda cam!

        by Fonsia on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 12:12:16 PM PST

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      •  Maybe its true, maybe not (0+ / 0-)

        I think it is foolish to be too anthropomorphic when it comes to wild animals.

        But it's also foolish to assume that they are automatons who don't behave in idiosyncratic ways.  Carnivores in general are too bright and too behaviorally complex to always predict exactly what they will do.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 06:48:30 AM PST

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