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TIL an Ethiopian girl was being brutally beaten by 7 men when a pride of lions chased them away. They even stayed with her until help arrived.(r/todayilearned)
This is so cool. I’ve read a similar story about Orangutans.
A researcher in Borneo was following a huge male “Pasha” through the forest for several days. He could clearly see her but never once acknowledged her presence.
One day she happened across a group of illegal loggers who attacked her. She thought she was done for when this massive Orang came tearing out of the canopy (they usually never come to the ground) breaking branches, hollering and waving sticks. He chased the would be rapists away and stayed with the researcher until she had composed herself. Then gently climbed back up into the trees.
Edit: I’ve found it (from page 284 of Willie Smits Thinkers of the Jungle
“What happened to the Indonesian scientist Dr Suci Utami, who works for BOS. Because the incident is embarrassing for her, maybe also for religious reasons, she does not like talking about it and has until now hesitated to publish it or to talk about in great detail. It is, however, too important to be covered up.
Suci Utami was doing field research for her dissertation on Sumatra Orangutans in Katambe (North Sumatra). For about six months, she had been observing a large ape male with cheek-bulges. Quite on her own, she followed the red ape on the ground during his wanderings through the rainforest and recorded his behaviour when two illegal loggers attacked her, wanting to rape her.
But then – incredible but true – the wild Orangutan, who, during his “observation” had ignored the scientist as completely as possible, climbed down from his jungle giant. With aggressive kiss-smackings and throwing thick branches which he had torn off with one hand, he marched right forward toward the wood thieves and put them to fight! After that was done, he waited patiently close to Suci until she had gained her composure – only then did he climb back into the safely of his treetop.”