There is no way a lion could beat 40 midgets. There's also no way all of the midgets would make it out alive. The first few waves would get killed or maimed, but a lion can't cover all its sides at one time. The midgets would just have to swarm and smother the lion, then wait it out. How long could a lion live with 30-40 living sandbags piled on top of it?
I don't think there is anyway anynumber a midgets could kill a lion without any weapons. A lion is natrually very well armed and strong as hell, what are all the little guys gonna hurt a lion with? A lion could easily shake off a large number of little people and then have his pick of them. Suppose the tykes were able to take out the lions vision, the lion still would have little worry about as far as getting harmed by the little ones. Also note: I'm not sure if some of you clicked the links, there is a story attached to this question, a very funny story. Eric