Even the king of the jungle could not protect the lion cub: the leopard grabs the cub and eats it
- A leopard has snatched a three-week-old lion cub from its mother in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania
- The lion cub was visibly startled when it was taken away before the leopard ate it
- The scene was filmed in front of the camera by Canadian lawyer Scott Hyman, 54, in the East African country
All this lion cub wanted was a safe place to sit while his mother hunted for food.
Instead, it became another animal’s lunch when a hungry leopard snatched the three-week-old cub and climbed a tree to devour it.
For safety reasons, the boy’s mother had brought her children deeper into a parched bush in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania, East Africa, so that she could go foraging for food.
But instead of providing their babies with a well-deserved lunch, a devious leopard pounced on one of the unprotected cubs who were left alone by their mother.
The lion cub was visibly startled when it was taken away.
The leopard carried the cub up a tree in its mouth before devouring the helpless lion cub.
Canadian attorney Scott Hyman, 54, saw the scene in September and managed to capture it on camera.
He said the lioness would push her cubs deeper into the bush for safety reasons if she [had] to leave them alone to go out and hunt. ‘
He added, “They don’t have hands so they have to use their mouths to gently carry the boys.”
The lawyer and avid photographer said he failed to capture “the most brutal parts” of the baby lion’s death.
A 160-pound leopard grabbed a three-week-old lion cub that had been left alone by its mother and climbed a tree to devour it
The lion cub had been left alone by its mother lioness while she took her other children to the safety of a nearby bush before they went foraging
The cub was helpless and unprotected and the perfect prey for a hungry leopard who imagined the lion cub for dinner under the Tanzanian sun
The leopard grabbed the cub in its jaws and sprinted away. It climbed a tree before it ate the cub in the shade
The boy’s mother looked shocked, mouth open and eyes wide, when she realized what had happened to her baby
The lioness took her other cubs to the safety of the nearby thicket to prevent another gruesome attack by the hungry leopard