Nothing like a Mothers Love

No matter the sadness, fear, illness or otherwise, I simply cannot (or will not) stay depressed.  It bothers and annoys me and there’s simply too much good out there to share.  So, onto a better story, whilst we await the return of Jangles.

This one is definitely worth reading:

Clinging on for dear life to the side of a vertical cliff, the tiny lion cub cries out pitifully for help.

Lion Cub having fallen down a nasty precipice

Lion Cub having fallen down a nasty precipice

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.

Who's brave enough for this rescue?

Who’s brave enough for this rescue?

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.

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

Slowly, agonisingly, the big Mother cat edges her way down towards her terrified son, using her powerful claws to grip the crumbling cliff side.

The undying love of a mother, risking life and limb for her baby

The undying love of a mother, risking life and limb for her baby

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.

It's an equally dangerous climb back up but a Mothers Love will never fail

It’s an equally dangerous climb back up but a Mothers Love will never fail

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.

A Mothers kiss can fix everything!

A Mothers kiss can fix everything!

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

This story was emailed to me and I immediately realised that it epitomised the lengths to which I will go to for the safe return of Jangles.  This mothers love is just as strong.  I simply had to share it.


Filed under Jangles - The Scaredy Cat, Lion Cub Rescue, Rescue

136 responses to “Nothing like a Mothers Love

  1. This is an absolutely stupendous post! Do I have your permission to re-blog?


  2. I loved this and such a feel good post

  3. That is just amazing. Thanks for sharing. Hugs to you!

  4. Thanks for sharing that. I ache for your search for Jangles. I hope you get good news soon.

    • Couldn’t help but share such a “feel good” story. Thanks for your support and care regarding Jangles. Was out again last night but still nothing. I am not giving up hope, though. I have no doubt that I’ll be able to share a “welcome home” party post for her soon. Simply can’t wait!!

  5. What a wonderful story!! I have been “gone” and so I didn’t know about Jangles. Oh …. awful. I’m so sorry. I hope you get good news soon.

    • Sorry it’s taken so long to reply to this. The continued search for Jangles has me so limited on time that I’ve got myself completely lost as to what I’ve replied to or not. I am sure we will have good news to share soon. Thanks. We will have our happy ending, just like the lioness and her cub.

  6. Oh this is an amazing story and all captured in photographs! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. What an amazing & heart wrenching story. I of course, sobbed thru the entire story & then thinking of your Jangles I sobbed some more…..please don’t give up hope….she has just got to show up somewhere!!!!
    Prayers from Canada, Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue.

    • Thank you so very, very much for the prayers. Sorry to have had you sobbing – here’s a little smile to get you going again 🙂
      Sorry this reply is so late but work and the search for Jangles has got me so far behind that I’m not sure where I am at the moment.
      We will have a happy ending, just like the lioness and her cub!

      • Now it is my turn to have taken awhile to reply!!! has there been any sightings or news of Jangles yet??
        I am praying hard for that happy ending!!!
        Sincerely, Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too.

      • Thanks Sherri-Ellen and Nylablue, I cannot tell you how much your prayers mean to me. Unfortunately, no sightings or sound yet but I am continuing the search. With God’s help, we will find her and have her safely back home.

      • We iz stilll sayin hour prayerz fer you to find Janglez!!!! Me waz lost once n it wz so scary til someone found me n took me to da Shelter…..
        Diz waz befur me Mum 😉
        She iz so wurried about me near doorz n if me getz too close she clapz her handz n it startlez me n me runz away frum da door!!!!
        We pray Janglez runz home soon!!!!! Pleeze CATGOD bring her back to her Mum…
        Lub Nylablue n Sherri-Ellen

      • Thank you so much Nylablue and Sherri-Ellen. I truly do appreciate it and feel absolutely blessed by your concern, prayers and concern.
        I am so glad that someone found you and that your mom picked you from the shelter. I can fully understand why she is worried about you and doors. Here in South Africa, however, almost everyone allows their cats outdoors (unless they live in an apartment, high up). It is always concerning though. I’m always happier when I can see them and know where they are.

      • Oh you iz in da warm place me Mum haz told me about!!! Me wuud love to live in a place wif NO STINKIN SNOW…*sigh*
        We shall say more prayerz n hope!!
        Me waz at dat Shelter one day n went home wif other Hu’manz in dat iz in me story on here (it waz not guud) but me was off da streetz. Mum rescued me frum dat place n she said no more bad homez or mean streetz fer diz kitteh!!!!!
        Hu’manz let KATZ out here too n many run away; Mum iz feedin feral katz on da patio at nite….she is so guud!!!
        Me just hopin Janglez iz wif some NICE Hu’manz n dey find you so dere can be a happy reyounieon!!!! xo

      • Nylyblue, your Mom is a wonderful person. Looking after the ferals and feeding them is just wonderful.
        Yes, we are in that “warm place” although, right now, it’s more heatwave than warm. I love snow and wish I could be there playing in it. I am so glad your Mom found you. It sounds like you’ve found the absolute best place!
        Thanks for the continued prayers. Sorry for the delay in replying but I lost internet connection completely. Back on line but awfully slow at the moment.

      • Mum saw da feralz eatin BIRD SEED on our patio n it upset her….so she started feedin dem da next nite. That iz just the kind of purrson she iz!!! Even when da neighbor got mad at her in da Summer for feeding Shalleymar she stood up fer da kitteh!!!! She finally got Shallleymar into da Shelter (where me waz a long time ago) n he got adopted after 2 monthz dere!! Mum spoke to da neighbor n siad diz waz what she doez n no animal shuud suffer homeless n hungry. They not furendz anymore but Mum sayz Shalleymar waz more impawtint den da neighbor 😉
        Dere is a blog about Shalleymar on our spage if you want to read bout him.
        Snow here melting n it iz tryin to rain!! Den it iz to freeze; Mum sayz it cuud be bad fer walkin n drivin….me told her ‘walk on all fourz; problem solved!’
        Still prayin here too!
        Lub Nylablue xo

      • Well done to your Mom. She’s right, no animal should suffer homeless and hungry. I’ll go have a look at Shalleymar’s story as soon as I get a chance.

      • Me Mum lubz catz so much! She feedz da feralz eben when da neighbor got mad at her!!! Dey not furendz anymore n Mum said if diz iz how dat lady REALLY feelz about 4 leggedz den she iz no furend of ourz!!!
        We hope you like da Shally-mar story!!
        Me still missez him…me alwayz knew HE waz a boy; Mum told me a girl so me not get so upset!!! MOL!!!! xo

  8. That’s just wonderful! I would walk through the gates of hell for my kids, I would be scared and I wouldn’t like it, but I’d do it!

  9. What a moving and a common story. I am so glad you posted it. Not enough people understand or accept the truth about animals or nature. Elephants are so compassionate, that they continue to return to the site of a lost, deceased family member. It moves me so much. You have a good heart, grounded in such lovely things. I appreciate that. Being a Animal Health Technician I have worked with domestic and wild animals. And it has been one of the greatest joys in mylife
    Thank you for another one,

    • Interesting – an Animal Health Technician – just wonderful. I am always amazed by elephants and their incredibly close knit family structure. They go through the same mourning process that we, as humans do. I just love those animals. Thank you so much for your incredibly kind comments. They are very much appreciated.

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