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Lion caring for antelope video goes viral

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Jun 20, 2017, 2:16 pm IST
Updated : Jun 20, 2017, 2:16 pm IST

Kruger Natuional park video sees a lioness licking and carrying around a baby antelope

Lioness caring for young antelope video goes viral (Photo: Youtube)
 Lioness caring for young antelope video goes viral (Photo: Youtube)

Remember Lion King? How a warthog and a meerkat take care of an abandoned lion cub till he grows up and so on, well they say love is universal and if this video of a lion caring for an abandoned antelope are anything to go by, they might well be right.

The extraordinary incident happened at Kruger National Park, in South Africa, and was captured by 45-year-old Graeme Mitchley, a deputy teacher who was on a trip with his wife.

Mitchley caught the deadly predatir licking the calf clean and carrying it around like one of her own cubs.

But the lion eventually carried the calf away and out of sight, so nobody knows if the Mitchley said, “At first, it looked like a lioness carrying her cub. However, at second glance, it turned out to be a lion carrying a newborn antelope. The young lion carried the antelope down into the dry riverbed where we lost visual, but could still hear the antelope bleating.” He went on to add, “I am not sure what happened to its mum but she may have been grazing and wandered a bit too far off from her youngster.”

Mitchley added, “The young lion carried the antelope down into the dry riverbed where we lost visual, but could still hear the antelope bleating. I think this was pure opportunism on the part of the lion as it must have stumbled upon the newborn whilst walking through the bush.”

He further added, “I am not sure what happened to its mum but she may have been grazing and wandered a bit too far off from her youngster. We visit the Kruger often but this was a rare sighting for both of us.”

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