WATCH: Lioness rescues cubs after sudden elephant herd charge

2017-10-31 15:47
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Cape Town - A lioness, separated from one of her six cubs has proven that motherly love runs deep. 

In this footage shared by Latest Sightings designer, Chris Tote, describes the Kruger National Park scene in which a herd of about 20 elephants suddenly started trumpeting and charging after realising the lions were close at hand. 

Tote says, “I had been watching two lionesses with sic small cubs lazing about in the Sabie Riverbed for about half an hour. In the distance, I could see two herds of elephants on either side of the river, and I thought if I wait long enough the one herd is more than likely going to walk right to where these lions are and from there, anything could happen.  

"Sure enough, about an hour later this herd of around twenty elephants suddenly started trumpeting and charging as soon as they realized that they were amongst lions.

Tote says the two lionesses shot up the river bank and onto the road and all they could do was anxiously watch in the hopes that their cubs would be alright.

After what seemed like an age, the elephants finally moved through the area and the lionesses were able to head back down in search for the six cubs.

"They were scattered everywhere and it took close to half an hour before they finally emerged at the roadside.

At this point Totes says there were a lot of cars around, which made crossing the road was a scary prospect for the cubs.

"One by one they plucked up the courage and made it across and into the surrounding bushveld. All but one that is."

See the mother lioness as she rescues the little fellow...


"The tiny cub cried out for its mom with all its might but there were so many cars around with engines running that there is no way she would have heard it.

"Tote says at some point one of the lionesses must have realized there was one cub missing. He says she suddenly appeared in the road and ran quickly down to the river bed to find the missing cub.

"About five minutes later she appeared carrying the little cub in her mouth and off they went to reunite with the rest of the pride and cubs," he says.

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