A lot of what we think we know about the world comes from our assumptions.
Because there’s so much information coming at us day in and day out, we tend to make some sweeping generalizations about certain parts of life to make things easier to deal with. Though we might know that things are actually much more complex than they seem on the surface, we often don’t see it or experience it.
As one example of this, human beings tend to have a lot of misconceptions about the animal kingdom.
Although all life on Earth is actually completely interconnected, we tend to think of ourselves as totally separate.
While human beings had to fight for their place in the food pyramid over hundreds of thousands of years, the truth is that we all still have more in common than we think. To illustrate this point, what do you typically think about animals like tigers and lions? If you’re anything like us, your first assumption is probably that they’re very aggressive and dangerous to us.
But what if the truth was that these big predatory cats were more complicated than you thought?
That’s what today’s story shows perfectly.
It all started in a series of pictures that a wildlife photographer took. It started when photographer Graham Dyer came across a pride of lions. Lions tend to hunt in packs, and that’s what the photographer thought they were capturing. At the beginning of the hunt, it seemed as though the lions had found their prey.
In the middle of the road was a wounded fox.
The lioness led the pack up to the little fox, who was completely unprotected.
In general, these foxes are often hunted by animals just like the lions in the photos. Still, as the pride approached the little fox, something unusual happened.
First, the little cubs came up to investigate what was going on. After that, the male lion stepped up to the fox and was ready to strike.
But before that could happen, the lioness stepped in to block his way.
For whatever reason, the lioness had decided that the pride wouldn’t attack the fox—they would protect it.
Though there are plenty of theories as to why a hungry lioness would do something like this, one is that the fox is pretty similar in size and shape to the mother’s own little cubs. Because these female lions have such strong maternal instincts, it’s possible that they kicked in for the little fox as well. Still, the male lion wasn’t happy.
To protect the fox, the lioness had to stand her ground against one of her own.
Eventually, the male lion got the message and left the little fox alone!
Thanks to the lioness’s efforts, the little fox was able to scamper off the road to safety while the rest of the lions continued their hunt. Needless to say, the fox must’ve been so grateful for a second chance! Although this may seem like a small or slight story, it’s still refreshing to see that a lot of our assumptions about the world aren’t always correct. Just as human beings can show compassion to one another in unlikely situations, it turns out that lions can too!
Special thanks to Graham Dyer for letting us share in this incredible moment.
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