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Dramatic lion cub rescue, Masai Mara

Posted by JohnBerry on January 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Zambezi Safari & Travel CompanyHere’s an incredible sequence of shots attributed to Jean-Francois Largot in which a lion cub is rescued by its mother from a deep river gully in Kenya’s Masai Mara.

image courtesy Jean-Francois Largot

…mother deliberates from the top of the river bank whilst the cub calls for help and hangs on tight…

image courtesy Jean-Francois Largot

…things are getting precarious as the mother tries to get down to the stricken cub…

courtesy Jean-Francois Largot

…aunts and an uncle watch on as the mother prepares for another attempt…

…the lioness is nearly there but the cub’s seriously rattled by now…

…as the cub loses his grip he’s snatched by the scruff of the neck!

courtesy Jean-Francois Largot

…and she beats a powerful and hasty retreat up to safety…

courtesy Jean-Francois Largot

Now if she could speak what would this lioness be saying?


Special notes

  1. All the good reasons why we should “go beyond the obvious in Africa
  2. “Going beyond luxury” – isn’t it time to get some honest African dirt between your toes?
  3. Our “secret seasons” – when tourists aren’t about, game conditions are best, safari prices are most attractive

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