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Mom to the rescue! Moment when lioness saves her cub from a dip in a watering hole in Kenya

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Mom to the rescue! Moment when lioness rescues her wailing cub from a steep bank in a watering hole in Kenya

  • Curious cub got stuck on a steep bank after drinking from a waterhole
  • Mother lioness gently carried the baby back to the rest of her nest in her jaws
  • Photographers Laurent Renaud and Dominique Haition captured the rescue










This is when a lion cub was rescued by its mother as it struggled to avoid plunging into a watering hole in Kenya.

Photographers Laurent Renaud and Dominique Haition, both 62, of Douai, France, feared the cub would not return to a steep bank after going to the water for a drink.

But the lioness heard the distressed cub’s cry as it tried to clamber up the hill.

Determined that her cub would be safe, the lioness acted quickly to save her baby

The cub was lifted by the neck and brought to a flat part of the bank after getting stuck while searching for water

The cub was lifted by the neck and brought to a flat part of the bank after getting stuck while searching for water

The lioness wasted no time and sprang into action as she lifted her cub into her mouth and brought him to safety

The lioness wasted no time and sprang into action as she lifted her cub into her mouth and brought him to safety

The photographers captured the moment the lioness gently picked up the cub between her jaws and carried it to the rest of her nest.

They filmed the scene in September while visiting Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Laurent said: ‘We witnessed the rescue of a lion cub by its mother as the lioness and her two cubs descended a steep bank to drink water.

“The passage to get to the water was quite deep and steep and after they finished drinking they had to climb back up.

The baby lion clung for his life as he waited to be rescued from the danger he was in

The baby lion clung for his life as he waited to be rescued from the danger he was in

The French photographers captured the dangerous moment when the little cub looked like it was going to fall into the murky waterhole

The furry cat looked helpless in the footage at one point and it certainly seemed to fall into the brown watering hole

The French photographers captured the dangerous moment when the little cub looked like it was going to fall into the murky waterhole

Parts of the Kenyan couch broke away as the cub struggled to get a grip to avoid falling in

Parts of the Kenyan couch broke away as the cub struggled to get a grip to avoid falling in

Despite his best efforts, the lion cub could not find safety on its own and had to be rescued

Despite his best efforts, the lion cub could not find safety on its own and had to be rescued

“One of the two cubs quickly found the way out to follow his mother, but not the second because he was going the wrong way.

The cub first tried to climb the cliff, but soon realized it was too difficult.

“The baby was about to fall into the water, so he screamed in panic.

The lioness also faced danger as she crossed the steep bank to reach her troubled child

The lioness also faced danger as she crossed the steep bank to reach her troubled child

The cub joined his pack after being rescued by his mother who put herself in danger to do so

The endangered cat was greeted by the rest of his pack as he came to safety in his mother's mouth

The cub joined his pack after being rescued by his mother who put herself in danger to do so

“As he began to feel exhausted, the woman reached out to him, grabbed him between her jaws, and carried him all the way up.

“This is great proof that you always need a caring mother by your side.

“We were very afraid that the lion cub would fall into the water, but luckily his mother came to his rescue and saved her baby.”

The pack of lions sought relief from the Kenyan heat as they visited the watering hole the cub nearly fell into

The pack of lions sought relief from the Kenyan heat as they visited the watering hole the cub nearly fell into

The pack of lion cubs roamed the plains after the danger and seemed to enjoy being company again from the rescued cat

The pack of lion cubs roamed the plains after the danger and seemed to enjoy being company again from the rescued cat

Wildlife reserves such as Kenya’s Masai Mara are one of the reasons the lion population in the East African country is growing.

According to the Born Free Foundation, the lion population has grown by 25% between 2010 and 2020.

The footage ends with Mother and her cubs wandering across a plain, appearing unfazed by the danger they just found themselves in

The footage ends with Mother and her cubs wandering across a plain, appearing unfazed by the danger they just found themselves in

The pack drank at a watering hole before the little cub found himself in a tricky spot on the steep bank

The pack drank at a watering hole before the little cub found himself in a tricky spot on the steep bank

The population elsewhere in Africa is declining by about 20,000, just a tenth of the 200,000 still alive a century ago, according to the conservation charity.

Despite conservation efforts, the West African lion is still listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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