Wild-life photographer, Jean-Francois Largot happened to be at the right place at the right time when he witnessed the dramatic rescue of a Lion cub by his mother in Kenya’s Masai Mara game preserve in Africa, Sadly a baby Lion cub had fallen over the edge of a very sheer cliff. Luckily the cub became caught so that he didn’t fall straight to the bottom of the cliff.
As he cried out in fear and panic, his mother and 3 other female Lions plus one male Lion rushed to look over the edge to determine what had happened. At first the Lions tried to climb down the cliff but soon realized that it was too steep and dangerous to climb down to the cub.
Eventually one single factor determines which of them will risk her life to save the youngster – motherly love: for as her baby continued to cry out in terror for her it was the mother Lion who began once again to try to reach her cub. Slowly and very agonizingly she used her powerful claws to grip the crumbling side of the cliff as she inched her way down. One slip on her part and both she and her baby could end up at the bottom of the cliff. Right as her exhausted baby seems to be about to fall, the female reaches him and grabs him up in her powerful jaws.
Then she begins the perilous climb back to the top. During what seemed like hours but was only minutes, the mother lion reaches the top with her baby safely in her grip. She then gently puts him down and gives him a big motherly lick across the top of his head.
All ends well due to the power of motherly love that drove the female lion to risk her life to save her baby. As any mother will tell you it is the most powerful force in the world.
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