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Lion Cub Saved By Mum In Cliffhanger Rescue

September 26, 2011
Four lionesses look over the edge before aborting their rescue mission because of the sheer drop

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.

The mother arriving at the edge of the cliff as her son cries out pitifully for help

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.

Four lionesses look over the edge before aborting their rescue mission because of 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.

The mother inches her way down the cliff face to rescue the terrified cub

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.

The mother locks the cub in her jaws and makes her way back up the cliff face

Minutes later, they arrive back safely at the top of the cliff and she gives the frightened offspring a consoling lick on the head.

The mother gives her son a lick to say that all is well following the drama

There’s nothing quite like a mother’s love, and moms from the animal kingdom are no exception. Don’t you think so?

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  • Reply Susan September 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Oh my, this brings tears to my eyes! What a lovely lovely post, heartwrenching yet so sweet.

  • Reply Laura December 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    That is why there is NOTHING COMPARABLE to a mother's love. 
    Not much said of a father's powerful love, get it? *:* 

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