This is a true story.
In Nairobi, Kenya, 1000s of families live in villages.
The villages are very close to the Nairobi national park.
Unlike many national parks, Nairobi national park doesn’t have any fencing.
Sometimes, wild animals like Zebras stray into the villages.
And when they stray into the villages, they bring lions with them.
The lions sometimes kill the cows in the villages.
Many families have been living under the constant threat of lions attacking their cows.
Richard, a small 12 year old boy was put in charge of protecting his dad’s farm which had a few cows.
His responsibility was to protect the cows and scare the lions.
He tried various methods.
He tried lighting a fire, but the lions were not scared.
He tried putting up a scare crow, but he later discovered that lions are a bit smart. They can differentiate a scare crow from a real human.
One day, he noticed that the lions would keep away if he was moving around the farm with a torch.
And then it struck him!