Desperate mother giraffe fights to save her one-day-old baby as lion snatches the calf from under her nose
- Remarkable photos were taken by Indian tourist Ramachandiran Govindaraj, 31, in Kenya
- They show the mother giraffe attempting to fend off the brutal predator in the Masai Mara National Reserve
- Pictures show the mother battling to save her one-day-old child as the lioness sneaks up and attacks them
These heart-wrenching images show the cruelty of nature as a giraffe is seen desperately trying to save her baby from a lion’s teeth.
Ramachandiran Govindaraj, 31, from India, captured the images while visiting the Masai Mara National Reserve in September. In his photos, the adult giraffe can be seen desperately trying to save her baby from the lion but unfortunately the big cat snatches the baby, leaving the mother devastated.
He said: ‘From a distance we noticed the giraffe standing and looking down, but when we reach there, we realised that a hyena was trying to attack the baby of the giraffe.
‘After 30 minutes, the hyena gave up and the mother took her baby deep into the savannah. But she didn’t know that there was a lioness hiding there.
‘Once the lioness reached a safe distance to charge, she attacked the baby. The mother was helpless even though it happened under her strong legs.’
The mother giraffe could be seen helplessly trying to batter away the lion as it attacked her youngster in the middle of the savannah
As the lion tried to drag the baby giraffe away its mother was pictured attempting to chase down the fearsome predator in defiance
Brutal images showed the tiny giraffe’s last moments as the lion snatched its prey from under its mother’s watchful eye
The lion feasting on the body of the one-day-old calf after the brutal but successful attack on the mother and child
The mother and her child had earlier been stalked by a hyena looking for prey but had retreated to the deep savannah to get away
The doting mother was earlier seen grooming her youngster as they walked through the savannah close by one another
The mother giraffe’s attempts to bring her child to safety, however, took it straight into the path of the waiting lioness
After its baby had been killed by the hungry lioness the mother could be seen walking through the barren savannah on her own