A lioness had the most surprising reaction after she realized she had hunted an antelope that was pregnant.
The nature of animals is still incomprehensible to many of us. They get to have the most unexpected reactions, either violently or tenderly.
Recently, in the Madikwe Game Reserve, in South Africa, a ranger named Gerry Van der Walt, witnessed something that completely perplexed him and wanted to share it, because of its great importance.
Lionesses often hunt together, in groups, attacking mainly large ungulates.
Gerry and a group of visitors were able to witness the moment in which the lioness hunted an antelope, from the moment she began to stalk her until she finally caught up with her prey.
After she caught up with the antelope, everyone expected her to start feeding on her prey, but what she did left Gerry speechless.
They saw the lioness approach the antelope’s stomach and pull on it, however as the scene became clearer, they realized that it was not actually the stomach, but a baby antelope.
The lioness ran into the surprise of her life when she realized that her victim was going to be a mother
“I’ve seen lionesses kill other pregnant prey and nothing happens, they just continue to feed like it was nothing,” Gerry said, completely stunned.
“From that moment the lioness’s behavior changed completely, she seemed to be confused by what was happening. She began to look around her as if she expected help from somewhere.”
The lion is an apex predator and key, although it can engage in scavenging behavior given the opportunity.
Despite her quintessential hunting nature, she seemed to empathize that there could be a life here, and that seemed to completely baffle her.
«The lioness stopped feeding to be next to the baby antelope, moving it with her nose as if trying to get it to react and get up. She took it in her mouth and lay motionless for moments that seemed forever, not knowing what to do with it. She looked in all directions as if she expected something. »
“After a few minutes she started to walk away from the bush, to get closer to the mother antelope. She stopped before her and very carefully set the baby antelope down on the ground. The whole time she kept looking around her, she looked tense and nervous.”
It seemed as if she wanted to revive the baby at all times, it was as if she understood that a mother always respects herself
“The lioness slowly returned to where the lifeless body of the mother antelope was, but it was not to eat again. What the lioness did was lie down next to her body until she fell asleep ».
Perhaps it was her way of saying: “I didn’t want to do something like that to you and here I am”
That was the most extraordinary moment for Gerry and all the visitors, who had been watching everything from a distance. What everyone wondered is if the lioness felt any remorse for having taken the life of a mother or for not being able to save the baby antelope.
“I don’t know if I will ever understand what exactly happened, but I know that in a cruel and beautiful way, we witnessed African magic and its animals.”
A disconcerting and moving experience that shows that even wild animals can be more sensitive and compassionate than humans.
It can be hard to believe that animals have such a degree of conscience to regret their actions, especially if it is these wild animals that hunt for the sole purpose of feeding.
Anyway, this shocking story does not stop leaving us with the deepest of life lessons.