The fascinating story of Emperor Menelik II and his “Lion Corps”

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia faced numerous challenges, including conflicts with neighboring regions and European colonial powers. During this time, transportation of supplies and ammunition to support his forces during battles was a crucial concern. Seeking a unique solution, Menelik II came up with an unconventional idea: employing lions as “soldiers” to carry loads.

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