Clinging for dear life, on the side of a vertical cliff in Africa, a tiny lion cub cries out pitifully for help. His mother arrives at the edge of the precipice with three other lionesses and a male.
The females start to climb down together, but turn back, scared by the sheer drop. Eventually, one single factor determines which of them will risk her life to save the youngster: Motherly love.
The drama begins: The mother arrives at the edge of the cliff as her son cries out for help after being trapped when he slipped.
On the brink: Four lionesses look over the edge before aborting their rescue mission because of the sheer drop. Slowly and agonizingly, the big cat edges her way down towards her terrified son, using her powerful claws to grip the crumbling cliff side. One slip from her and both animals could end up at the bottom of the ravine.
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.
Minutes later, miraculously, they make it safely to the top.
The mother gives the little guy a lick, as if to say, “All is well, my son.”
This dramatic rescue was captured by wildlife photographer, Jean-Francios Largot as it played out in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve. How awesome is this?!