Baby Orphaned Baboon Saved by Lioness

A surprising series of images, taken by photographer Evan Schiller, shows the incredible encounter between a baby baboon and a lioness in a game park in Botswana.

The series of events captured by Evan back in November are detailed in his wife Lisa Holzwarth's blog. She explains how the pair spotted a troop of baboons, before they were quickly set upon by four lionesses. While many of the baboons were able to climb into the safety of the trees, three decided to make a run for it. One didn't survive.

"As the third baboon lay dying on the ground, we noticed a little baby (less than a month old) slowly disengaging from its mother's dying body," Lisa explains in her blog.

What happened next was surprising. Instead of going in for the kill the lioness began playing a game of cat and mouse with the baby baboon.

"The baby was jumping up and down screaming and hitting the lioness on her nose," she said.

"Meanwhile, the lioness was gently knocking the baby off the trunk of the tree every time it seemed to make a little bit of progress in its vertical attempt of escape.

"What happened next blew our minds,' she wrote. 'The baby, in another instinctual moment, held onto the lioness' chest and tries to suckle... Evan's pictures say it all."

Take a look at the incredible images below.

While she looks like she is about to pounce, the lioness slowly takes the baboon under her care.

Incredibly, the baby baboon tried to suckle on the lioness.

The baby baboon nestles in closer to the lioness.

The baby baboon playfully reaches out to the lioness.

The lioness protects the baby baboon from a lion who tries to get involved.

While the lions are distracted the baby baboon is rescued and returns to its troop.

Read more about Lisa's experience, here.

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