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A Boy Won't Let A Lion Get His Goat

A boy, a goat and a lion.

Those are the stars of an award-winning photo called Friendship.

Each year, the international relief and development group InterAction gives a prize to a photo that highlights "the determination of individuals around the globe" and that makes people "feel something." This year's pick is by Indian photographer Partha Kar. He lives in West Bengal, where he happened upon a boy of about age 7 or 8, carrying a kid — "his pet," Kar says.

The youngster was in a playful mood, Kar says. So the boy went up to a painting of a lion on a wall "to give him a proposal of friendship," while holding "the lion's favorite dish in his lap." A little kid "could not even think of anybody as an enemy," Kar says — even a lion.

Goats and Soda wishes it could be so innocent! Here's what we would have told the lion: "Keep your paws off the family goat. And we're not kidding!"

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