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The lion drops a drop of saliva onto this person from above. The person is in a much worse place compared with where they were before, since they only just recently fell into this pit.
From above there is a loud caw, and a giant eagle (い) swoops down, forcing the lion to back off. The eagle grabs the person with its talons, bringing him into the air! But now he's... in the air being carried by a giant eagle, compared with where he was before, is this really better?!