A 2-year-old leopard cub had just made her first kill — a baboon. While the leopard was dragging the baboon, the baboon delivers a baby.Unexpectedly, the leopard ignored her meal, gently carried the baby to the safety of a tree, and began to care for the newborn.
“Several times, the baby baboon fell out of the tree,” filmmaker Dereck Joubert said, according to the Daily Mail. “Each time, the leopard raced down to pick her up before the hyenas carried her back up to safety. The baboon clearly thought of the leopard as a surrogate mother. For several hours, they nestled in the tree.”
Unfortunately, without sustenance from its mother, the baby baboon did not survive the night, but the leopards protection likely spared it from some worse fate.
Humans can learn so much from the natural world. While we often struggle to get along with each other, animals can make room in their hearts even for natural enemies. In an extraordinary moment a leopard’s maternal instinct outweighed her predatory nature.
Watch the video. It will bring a lump in your throat!