Lions are near and dear to my heart. Apart from being my favorite animals, I had the privilege to play with some 8-week and 8-month olds in a lion rescue when we were in Zimbabwe and that memory will bring a smile to my face till the day I die. :)
These pictures surfaced on the net yesterday of a lion cub in distress. I can only imagine its heart-wrenching cry as it called to its mommy. I can't begin to imagine the lioness' feeling of helplessness and anguish as she tried to figure out a way to get to her baby.
|Poor cub must have slipped and fell and now it hung on precariously...|
all the while mewling for its mom.
|Mommy tried to find a firm footing ...|
|... but had to give up.|
The soil must have been very loose and slippery.
|Up above, the other members of the pride were watching anxiously.|
I can imagine them holding their collective breaths, all wanting to help...
|Mommy tried again. A great big leap of faith.|
Notice that she went down another path, this one must have given her better footing.
|Holding on with fierce determination, she swooped down under her baby.|
Those teeth that could tear prey apart, were gentle yet firm on her baby's neck.
A secure grip ...
|... and up to safety they went.|
|Such love... such AMAZING, abundant love...|
It doesn't matter the species, a mother's (parent's) love is glorious, unshakeable, unending.
Life gets so busy with work, kids, significant others, and we sometimes neglect to show our appreciation to our parents. Give yours a hug (if you're lucky enough to live close to them), a call, or send them a loving thought (if they're no longer physically with you). It will mean more to them than we could ever know...