These touching photos actually took place after the lioness hunted down and killed the baby antelope’s mother. The lioness spotted the infant antelope and at first the two stared off at each other, before roaring angrily at the fawn to make it go away. However, after moments of the baby standing quivering in fear, the lion’s motherly instincts took over and she picked up the orphaned baby and carried it off like one of her own cubs.
Now I know what you’re all thinking, it’s what I immediately thought too, that lion is saving the little baby antelope for dessert later when she gets hungry again. Ah, but this is where the plot thickens. The photographer of these shots explains, “‘The fawn just stood there before running into the lioness. It went between its legs like it was trying to get its milk. The lioness was really confused and they stood there for around 45 minutes.” However, after hearing an engine start in the distnace the lioness got spooked and picked up the baby by the neck and slowly walked away. The photographer then reported that weeks later a group of tourists spotted the baby antelope still alive and well with the lioness.
Now, I can’t prove that that little antelope isn’t eventually going to get eaten, but I’d like to believe that much like a Disney movie animals in the wild really are capable of great love and compassion. So to all you naysayers I say let me dream.