Lioness Kills Baboon, It’s Baby Was Left Alone. What Happened Next Will Shock You.

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All of a sudden, one brave baboon descended the dead tree and tried to make a run for it, but got snapped up in the jaws of a lioness killing the baboon instantly. But there was something else there. As the baboon lay dying in the jaws of the lioness, a little baby (less than a month old) slowly disengaged from its mother’s body.

Photographer Evan Schiller and Lisa Holzwarth were on a game drive in the northern Botswana’s Selinda Camp when they came across a big troop of baboons charging through the bush.

“About 30-40 baboons were heading in our general direction making a lot of noise,” says Lisa.

The baboons were obviously frightened by something and they all jumped up trees, shouting. It quickly became clear what the problem was: two large lionesses came out of the tall grass and rushed the baboons into the trees, soon joined by two more lionesses.

“Between the baboons shrieking and the lionesses communicating with deep roars,” Lisa says.

All of a sudden, one brave baboon descended the dead tree and tried to make a run for it, but got snapped up in the jaws of a lioness killing the baboon instantly. But there was something else there. As the baboon lay dying in the jaws of the lioness, a little baby (less than a month old) slowly disengaged from its mother’s body.

The dead baboon, the baby slowly disengages from it's dead mother

The dead baboon, the baby slowly disengages from it’s dead mother

Instinct took over and the baby tried to jump on the tree, but did not have the strength to climb. The lioness noticed the baby and went to investigate.

The lioness notices the baby.

The lioness notices the baby.

Would the baby baboon meet the same fate as her mother?

Would the baby baboon meet the same fate as her mother?

Would the baby baboon meet the same fate as her mother?

The lioness takes a closer look at the baby. The lioness was inquisitive and gentle at the same time.

The lioness takes a closer look at the baby. The lioness was inquisitive and gentle at the same time.

“The baby was showing signs of physical harm and fatigue from the whole ordeal. The lioness picked the baby up in her mouth—it was in agony watching the baby’s ordeal—and I kept on turning off the video option on my camera because it was hard to record. What happened next blew our minds – the baby, in another instinctual moment, held onto the lioness’ chest and tried to suckle” said Evan.

After a while she picked up the baboon softly in her mouth and walked away, then settled down with the baby between her paws.

After a while she picked up the baboon softly in her mouth and walked away, then settled down with the baby between her paws.

The baby baboon started to try and suckle the lioness.

The baby baboon started to try and suckle the lioness.

The baby baboon starts to play with the lioness.

The baby baboon starts to play with the lioness.

In a few minutes, the lioness got distracted—this time by two male lions who arrived. Their advances, however, were met with aggression by the lioness. Was she defending the baby baboon?

Was she defending the baboon ? Or just uninterested in the male lions advances ?

Was she defending the baboon ? Or just uninterested in the male lions advances ?

The father baboon’s heroism paid off. Once he courageously saved his baby, he made his way over to a shade tree and the rest of his troop. After a time, the photographers saw that he baby was safely nestled in his father’s arms, resting.

Due to the distraction, the father baboon was able to pick up his baby.

Due to the distraction, the father baboon was able to pick up his baby.

The father baboon cradles his son in his arms waiting for the lions to leave.

The father baboon cradles his son in his arms waiting for the lions to leave.

No matter what,” Lisa says. “The young baboon remains an inspiration to me—and a reminder, that life is fragile and no matter how much we fight to control its outcome, all we can do is live in the moment.”

It’s hard to say what’s more impressive, the lionesses gentle decision to protect the baby baboon or his father’s incredible bravery and rescue.

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Credits: National Geographic