By Bill Hoffman and Post Wires. Guys, if you see Theresa Hedtke approaching with a pair of scissors, run like a bat outta hell! Cops say Hedtke, 42, of New London, Wis. A bizarre sporting event — an arena fight between one lion and 42 midgets — went horribly awry in Cambodia last Saturday, when all of the midgets were mutilated by the big cat, 28 of them fatally. The fight, which featured the Cambodian Midget Fighting League, was called in only 12 minutes, with the 14 fighters who lived suffering severe injuries, including lost limbs. A pair of orphans has formed an unlikely bond on a South African game park although horns and a love for horse pellets are about the only things they have in common.
Snopes needs your help! Learn more. The fight was slated when an angry fan contested Yang Sihamoni, President of the CMFL, claiming that one lion could defeat his entire league of 42 fighters. At least this instance of a phony BBC-like page came with a disclaimer , however, as its creator explained:. Many of my other friends and I tried to convince him that the lion would definitely win, but he would not back down from his argument. I apologize to anyone or any groups that may have been offended by the article, and hope that they will understand it was all in good fun.
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Outline: News story claims that 42 Cambodian Midgets were mutilated in a fight with an African lion while paying spectators looked on Full commentary below. Status: False. An African Lion much like this is responsible for the death of 28 Cambodian Midgets. The fight was called in only 12 minutes, after which 28 fighters were declared dead, while the other 14 suffered severe injuries including broken bones and lost limbs, rendering them unable to fight back. The story claims that 42 members of the Cambodian Midget Fighting League were killed or injured in a bloody battle with an African lion. The story was originally posted on a web page that was constructed to resemble a genuine BBC News article.
Zane Ecklund December 1, April 30, was a dark day for 42 Cambodian midgets who fought a lion in the city of Kampong Chhnang. The fight originated because the president of the Cambodian Midget Fighting League, Yang Sihamoni, responded to the challenge of an irate fan. To prove the fan wrong, a lion was imported from Africa. The fight was allowed by the Cambodian government under two conditions. The first was it received 50 percent of revenue generated.
Some newspapers referred to the incident as a tragedy, but some magazines, notably 'lad's mag' FHM , reported it as news, but did so from a humorous angle. The article was also commented on in The Ricky Gervais Show episode "Knob at Night", where the discussion also regarded the incident as a real event. Other notable appearances of the article include:.
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