When faced with a challenge, what do you do? Try to evade it, ignore it or solve it? Well, Richard Turere who lived in Africa near the Nairobi National Park in Kenya was tired of lions attacking his family’s herd of cattle. At the ripe old age 11, Richard had the responsibility of guarding his family’s most precious and valuable possession–the herds. The problem was that the lions found their herds of cows, sheep and goats as easy pickings.
What Richard noticed was that at night when he moved around with a flashlight, the lions didn’t come around. So, being the creative child that he was, 11 year old Richard thought about how this bit of information could help him solve the lion problem. A couple weeks later, he had a little flickering LED light system set up around the area where the family’s animals were kept at night. He used a solar panel and an old car battery to power his new lion defense system.
Richard’s system worked so well that numerous other systems have been set up around Kenya–and they all work marvelously What a great invention! It protects both the lions (from being killed for preying on important personal herds), the herd animals, and the local African families also.
As a result of his invention, Richard was gifted with a scholarship to go to school. He says he’d like to build airplanes.
Watch the amazing story of this young inventor below.
The video starts at 1:54 to avoid some graphical animal-related material which may not be suitable for children.
Another young boy who kept his fathers flocks years ago and later became king of a great nation, also knew about having to protect against hungry lions. His life experiences taught him something great also. He said “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” Psalms 34:10
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