Big Cat Cliff Hanger

Clinging on for dear life to the side of a vertical cliff, the 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 clamber down together but turn back daunted by the sheer drop.

Eventually, one single factor determines which of them will risk her life to save the youngster - motherly love.

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The drama begins: The mother arrives at the edge of the cliff as her son cries out for rescue after being trapped when he slipped

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

Slowly, agonizingly, the mother cat edges her way down towards her terrified cub.

One slip from her and both animals could end up dead at the bottom of the ravine.

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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.

The dramatic rescue, captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot, was played out in Kenya's Masai Mara game reserve.

Despite the presence of wardens to deter poachers, day-to-day life for the lions is not without its dangers, as the cub learned the hard way.

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The mother gives her cub a lick to say that all is well.


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