An excerpt from the 2006 National Geographic documentary ‘Eye Of The Leopard’ captures the extraordinary moment when a leopard’s maternal instinct outweighed her predatory nature.
A 2-year-old leopard cub named Legadema had just made her first kill — a baboon — when a baby emerged from the dead animal’s pelt. Unexpectedly, Legadema 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, Legadema raced down to pick her up before the hyenas descended, and carried her back up to safety. The baboon clearly thought of Legadema as a surrogate mother. For several hours, they nestled in the tree.”
I am speechless watching this video. 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. As published on The Huffington Post