A kind adoption

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A kind adoption

You might be forgiven for thinking this lioness is just playing with her food. But these remarkable photographs capture the powerful beast caring for a young springbok as if it were her own baby. For although the antelope species is her natural prey, this grieving lioness adopted the calf after her own cubs were killed by a rival male lion. 

Photographer Gordon Donovan recorded the extraordinary scenes of her tenderly cradling the antelope, licking it clean and shielding it from danger. She even protected the bok from a pair of pregnant lions who approached in search of food at Etosha National Park in Namibia.

Mr Donovan, from New York, said: “It was a bizarre, yet stunning sight to behold. I was excited about the lions, and when she captured the springbok I was waiting for the kill. But it never came, and she started cleaning the calf. That’s the mysterious way of nature, never knowing what will happen next. Then she protected her adopted springbok cub from the other lions. These are the moments I seek when I go to Africa.”

Credit: Sourced and adapted from article at dailymail.co.uk


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