A dramatic rescue in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve was captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot.
A tiny lion cub, which has somehow slipped and fallen over a cliff, is crying out pitifully for help as it clings on for dear life to the side of the almost vertical cliff.
His mother arrives at the edge of the cliff with three other lionesses and a male. The females start to clamber down together but turn back daunted by the sheer drop.
Eventually one single factor determines which of them will risk her life to save the youngster – motherly love.
Slowly, agonisingly, the big lioness mother inches her way down towards her terrified cub, using her powerful claws to grip the crumbling cliff side.
Just as the exhausted cub seems about to fall, his mother circles beneath him and he is snatched up in her jaws. She then begins the equally perilous journey back to the top. One slip from her and both animals could end up dead at the bottom of the ravine.
Minutes later, they arrive back safely at the top of the cliff and she gives the frightened offspring a consoling lick on the head.
There’s nothing quite like a mother’s love, and moms from the animal kingdom are no exception. Don’t you think so?