A Rare glimpse of a mother lion's love.

Friday, September 30, 2011 by Suzanne Burns
Greetings from Myrtle Beach and the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve!  I hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather here.  Now enjoy this amazing story borrowed from this week's New York Daily News.  

It's touching, to say the least.

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There's nothing quite like a mother's love.  Even when you're talking about lions.

Jean-Francois Lagrot snapped these incredible shots of a lioness rescuing her struggling cub, who seems to be holding on for dear life. The perilous position of the young lion seems to have it within inches of losing its life, just before its mother comes to the rescue.  Mom came to the rescue after the young male wandered off from the herd and became stranded above a ravine.  Facing an almost vertical climb and the prospect of a huge drop, the lioness carefully made her way to the ledge where the cub was stuck.

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Other lions try to rescue the little tyke but they find the cliff too steep.  The mother lion had to dive for him when he fell from the crumbling refuge.  The lioness eventually clawed her way back to the top with the cub in her jaws.

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These photos, taken in Kenya's Masai Mara National Park, show a lion cub who falls down a steep ravine.  The preserve is world famous for its astounding population of big cats, as well as zebras and gazelles and other endangered wildlife species.  The little cub struggles but looks like it will fall further.

The mama lioness comes to the rescue by going down the treacherous slope and bringing her little one back up. She carries it in her mouth and then gently grooms it afterwards.

She then had to dive for him when he fell from the crumbling refuge.  The lioness eventually clawed her way back to the top with the cub in her jaws.  Once back to safety, she gave the wayward youngster an affectionate lick of the head.

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The amazing rescue at Kenya's Masai Mara game reserve was captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot.

How is that for heartwarming?

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In earlier posts, I have written about plenty of other amazing animals at the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve in Myrtle Beach. 

Visit Tigers Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing, a free wildlife exhibit and living tiger museum.  This is your chance to meet some of the animals up close and in person.  Have your photo taken holding a tiger cub, orangutan or champanzee.  Also visit the 50-acre preserve, home to over 60 big cats.  You may even get to meet Bubbles the Elephant.  This is the only place in the world where you get to meet the Liger, the world's largest cat as seen in the 2006 Guiness Book of World Records!  Contact Preservation Station and T.I.G.E.R.S. by visiting www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.

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