Rare Moment Lion Regrets After Realizing It Killed A Pregnant Antelope And Surprise Ending
These are the shocking pictures that show that nature is brutal – but also profoundly moving.
After realising an antelope she has killed was pregnant, a lioness removes the unborn calf, tries to nudge it back to life and even protects and hides it as if it is her own cub. The lioness even seems to show regret for her actions and the pictures will spark a debate about the awareness of animals.
The party had been travelling through the Madikwe Game Reserve, in South Africa, early this year when they came across the predator and a dead Red Hartebeest antelope.
He and a group of visitors spotted the big cat just moments after she had made her kill and expected to witness nothing more than a simple feeding. But what followed astounded everyone.
‘As the lioness got hold of wh at we thought was the stomach she started pulling it out. ‘But this time the scenes that followed had us all dumbstruck.
‘Once out of the mother the lioness very gently placed the foetus on the floor and spent quite a bit of time smelling and investigating the unborn Hartebeest.
‘Her body language was strange for a lioness in her situation and it seemed that she was clearly perturbed by what had just happened and kept on looking around as if to look for help.
‘After a while she kept on feeding and started removing the stomach contents, all the while seeming to make a concerted effort to stay away from the foetus.
‘But soon she was not feeding at all and returned her attention to the foetus which she very gently picked up by the nose.
‘Then she stood, with the foetus in her mouth, for what seemed like ages, looking around in all directions as if checking for something.
‘After a few minutes she started walking off towards a thicket very close to her kill.
‘She stopped again and very gently put the foetus on the floor, all the time looking around and looking quite tense and nervous.
‘She proceeded to nudge the foetus with her nose, gently rolling it over, before she picked it up on the back of the neck as if it was one of her own cubs.
‘We watched as she carefully walked towards the thicket where she placed the foetus very carefully at the bottom of the long grass.
‘She nudged it a few times again with her nose, still looking around all the time as if she was expecting either help or danger.’
‘Did her “mother instincts” kick in? Was there still a heartbeat that she could feel? Was she trying to protect the unborn Hartebeest?
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