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Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL, 9/30/00

Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Kathy Hughes and Ellen Nix froze in their tracks after coming face-to-face with a 350-lb. male African lion that escaped from their neighbor's wild animal business in Hope Hull, Ala. The women's terror quickly turned to rage, however, when they noticed that the animal was chewing to death their favorite miniature horse. After yelling at the lion, Nix approached it and fired twice from her .32-cal. revolver. The beast dropped the then lifeless horse, but refused to yield. That's when the unusual incident turned bizarre. The women proceeded to chase the lion first on foot and then aboard a tractor until they pinned it and fired more than a dozen additional rounds to finally dispatch the big cat. Reports later indicated that the lion had escaped with a female and had mauled other horses. The animals' keepers whose business is called 'Crazy Critters' later destroyed the female.
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