The power of Maternity


Feeding and protecting offspring is not an easy task for animals in the wild. Youngsters of both – hunters and hunted are the most vulnerable. Mothers rarely manage to fight off calves from predators, but some succeed. After Rani has failed hunting adult Thomson gazelles for two last days, today she made two attempts to take down a limping baby wildebeest, and both times wildebeest mother drove the predator away. Rani lost her prey and her own cub, who was following the mother during the hunt, was in danger of being hurt by horns or hooves. Finally, both families fled in opposite directions.