The love between species is probably the purest and most beautiful thing on the planet. It breaks all barriers and can beat all the odds. I’ve read a heartwarming story of a lion befriending a goat that was given to it as living food. They lay trust in each other and give their friend the best care and comfort ever. When these come at the right time, they can even save one’s life.
This is the case of the lioness mom and the sick two-month-old leopard cub in this story. The poor baby leopard can’t survive if his foster mom doesn’t come to help him.
As you may know, lions and leopards compete with each other in the wild for space and food. It means that they are hard to get along with each other. But this lioness mama adopted a sick baby leopard and raised him as her own.
This heart-melting story occurs at the Gir National Park. The lioness took in the poor leopard cub when he needed help most. She fed him and took care of him like the way she treated her own babies. Everything was shared and shared alike in her family.
“The lioness took care of him like one of her own,” nursing him and sharing meat that she hunted,” said Stotra Chakrabarti, a researcher who studies animal behavior.
Not just that, the poor little leopard received a warm welcome from his siblings. They loved their new sibling and considered him a part of the gang.
The lioness mom and her children all took pity on the poor leopard cub. They gave him the best care until he, unfortunately, passed away because of a hernia he had since birth.
Sadly, the leopard’s body was found near a watering hole after a month and a half living with his lion family.
Although the pitiful poor baby leopard can’t live a longer life with his adoptive lion family, he gets all the love and cares in his last days. And this story wins the Internet. Animals are sometimes more human than us, humans.