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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.

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