A wildlife photographer witnessed the dramatic rescue of a lion cub by his mother.
The baby lion cub fell over the edge of a sheer cliff. Fortunately, the cub didn’t fall straight to the bottom.
As he cried out in fear and panic, his mother and three 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.
But 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 difficult 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.