A lion cub was crying for help while clinging on for dear life onto the side of a vertical cliff. And mom responded!
The lioness arrived at the edge of the sheer drop, along with three other lionesses and a male. The females then began to clamber down together, but turned back daunted by the vertical drop.
At length, one single factor decided which one of the big cats will risk her life to rescue the cub — motherly love.
Motherly love was the deciding factor in the rescues’ success.
Slowly the lioness edged her way down towards her terrified son, using her claws to take a grip of the crumbling cliff side.
One false step would have meant the death of both animals at the bottom of the ravine.
But just as the cub seemed about to fall, his mother arrived underneath him and snatched him up in her jaws.
She then started the perilous journey back to the top and minutes later the two arrived and she gave the frightened kitten a lick on the head.
The dramatic rescue was captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot and took place in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve.
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