Life for newborn animals in the wild is extremely difficult, especially in a remote area like the Masai Mara in Kenya. This lion cub just needed a short period of distraction before its life was in danger. Unfortunately, the child fell over the edge of the cliff when the mother turned her back on him.
After seeing himself there, alone and helpless, the little one started screaming for help. Her mother, not far away, came quickly with three other lionesses and a male. However, the cub’s fate seemed sealed as the lion’s life was also at stake to save him.
The little one started screaming for help when he realized he was helpless and alone. His mother soon came with three other lions, a male, and he was not far away. The lions’ lives would have been in danger if the youngster had been rescued, so the cub’s fate seemed sealed.
In the end, a mother’s love was the deciding factor and the lioness decided it was worth risking her life to save the cub. That’s when the drama begins. Fortunately, wildlife photographer Jean-François Largo managed to capture the incredible scenes on camera.
Slowly, painfully, the lioness walks towards her frightened cub. Using her powerful claws, she cautiously climbs the slippery hill, knowing that a single mistake will end her life and that of the cub. Finally, he took her in his jaws.
The little one feels safe now, but the danger is never there. The hard road back will soon begin. The dramatic scenes end with the mother and calf safe and sound on solid ground atop a cliff.