The Maternal Instinct of a Lioness

After falling from a steep vertical cliff, a lion cub is crying out for help.

Fortunately, his mother hears him and comes to his rescue with the help for three other lionesses and a lion.

The mom puts her life on the line to rescue her son before he falls down to a certain death. Maternal instinct is a real thing even for the most dangerous animals. Motherly love…

A lioness gets to the edge of a cliff as she hears her cub crying out for help.

Four lionesses look over the edge before aborting their rescue mission because of the sheer drop.

The mother scrambles down the cliff to reach her endangered cub.

She locks him in her jaws and makes her way back up the cliff.

No scolding for this cub. The mother gives him a lick to say that all is well.

 This dramatic rescue, captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot, was played out in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve. And a lot of humans could take note of what this lioness did for her cub. It’s unconditional love.



  1. That sure is amazing. Motherly love is defo unconditional. :)

  2. Female lions have complex emotions. There's been other stories where free roming lionesses (not belonging to a pride) or (that have been through a devastating attack) go into estrus taken baby zebras and deer well fawns. It's like an emotionally needy instinct they have after a tragedy the lioness experiences emotions that makes miraculous things happen. It shows there is good and evil in all living beings on our planet.