A cub’s life in the wild isn’t easy, particularly in a beautiful area like Kenya’s Masai Mara. This lion cub’s life was put in jeopardy due to a single minute of attention. When his mother’s gaze was diverted away from him, the little one fell down the brink of a sheer cliff.
The youngster began to call out for aid after seeing himself down there, alone and helpless. His mother, who wasn’t far away, came shortly after, accompanied by three other lionesses and a male. However, the cub’s destiny appeared to be sealed, since rescuing him would put the lions’ lives in jeopardy as well.
In the end, it was the motherly love that won out, and the lioness felt it was worth risking her life to save the small one’s. It’s at this point when the drama begins. Fortunately, Jean-Francois Largo, a wildlife photographer, was able to catch the stunning moments on film.
The lioness makes her torturous descent towards her terrified young. She carefully treads on the slick hill with her sharp claws, knowing that one single mistake might terminate both her and the cub’s lives. She finally had him in her clutches. The cub thinks he’s secure now, but danger isn’t far behind. The difficult return journey is about to begin. Both the mother and the cub are safe and sound on the firm ground above the cliff at the conclusion of the harrowing moments.
The weary mother gives her kid a lick to let him know he’s secure now that everything is great. Let’s hope the little one got the message!