In Ethiopia, young girls are often kidnapped and forced into marriages. But fortunately, the story of this particular 12-year-old had a happy ending – and it was all thanks to three giant lions. A group of seven men had taken the girl hostage. One of them had intended to marry her.

But the kidnappers had no idea that a group of three lions had been watching over the little girl the whole time. The lions saw the girl being beaten. So they wasted no time and charged at the men, chasing them away.

They stood guard and protected the girl until the police and found her.

“They stood guard until we found her, and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest,” a police investigator told NBC News.

A wildlife expert suggests the girl might have been saved because she was crying.

“A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn’t eat her,” said Stuart Williams.

The girl was treated for cuts due to the beatings she received, but apart from that, she was unhurt. The lions were like her guardian angels!

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