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CLIFFHANGER! Just Amazing!

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CLIFFHANGER! Just Amazing!

Unread postby mattmillielibby » Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:49 am

I was just forwarded this e-mail by my brother in law, and i didn't know where to post it but I thought you guys had to see it, its just amazing, brought a tear to my eye!

"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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image001 by MattYar1974, on Flickr
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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image002 by MattYar1974, on Flickr
On the brink: Four lionesses look over the edge before aborting their rescue mission because of the sheer drop

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image003 by MattYar1974, on Flickr
Slowly, agonisingly, the big cat edges her way down towards her terrified son, using her powerful claws to grip the crumbling cliff side.
One slip from her and both animals could end up dead at the bottom of the ravine.
Just as the exhausted cub seems about to fall, his mother circles beneath him and he is snatched up in her jaws.

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image004 by MattYar1974, on Flickr
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image005 by MattYar1974, on Flickr
She then begins the equally perilous journey back to the top. Minutes later, they arrive and she gives the frightened creature a consoling lick on the head.


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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Re: CLIFFHANGER! Just Amazing!

Unread postby granjan » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:16 pm

Fantastic pics MMM.
Thanks for posting. :thumbs_up:

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Re: CLIFFHANGER! Just Amazing!

Unread postby Pumbaa » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:47 pm

What an amazing story with a happy end :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks so much for sharing, MaryMattMillie :thumbs_up:


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