Injured Fox an Easy Meal for Lions Get a Big Surprise

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A fox is usually an excellent meal option for lions, and if they are lucky enough to stumble across an injured fox, that’s even better. A sick or injured fox would make for a very easy meal. However, this small injured fox must have had a band of angels looking out for him the day he encountered some lions at the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in South Africa. For some reason not only did he escape being the main course, but one of his enemies became his saviour that day.

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Here the little fox is trying to appear as intimidating as possible, but I’m sure in the eyes of that lioness he just looked like a little “chew toy.” She seems intrigued by the little creature.

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It looks like the noise has piqued the interest of the “King of the Jungle” himself.

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Oh, oh. It seems the kids want in on the excitement, too. Wow! This poor little fox probably is feeling his time in this world is nearing its end.

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This is different. The lioness appears to be laying next to the injured fox. Maybe this is just a ploy to put the fox at ease to make it easier to eat him for dinner.

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The lioness and her mate seem a bit perplexed. It looks like the little fox is again crying out in pain.

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All this commotion has worn everyone out. It’s time to take a nap, except for the little fox. While he’s no longer making a fuss, he doesn’t look like he’s ready yet to trust his new “friends.”

The “King of the Jungle” looks like he’s trying to lay down the law with his mate, but we all know what happens when a man attempts to tell a woman of any species what or how to do something. It rarely bodes well for the man.

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Case in point. The lioness is saying, “I’m done listening to you. The matter is settled. We’re doing things my way.”

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In true male fashion, the “King of the Jungle” is trying to “lay down the law.” If he keeps it up, the only thing that’s going to be laying down will be him because his mate is going to clobber him.

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Told you so!

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This situation doesn’t look good. It looks like the “King of the Jungle” has decided he’s had enough. It appears the little fox is being devoured by the hungry lion.

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The little lion cub looks awfully interested in something nearby.

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False alarm! This injured little fox did not end up as anyone’s dinner. Another pride of lions brought down some prey, and both lion prides enjoyed the victory of that kill. In the meantime, our injured little fox managed to survive his injuries and his encounter with this pride of lions.

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Our little fox was feeling better and left the pride of lions behind him, possibly thinking he’d better get going while the going was good. However, shortly after leaving the protection of the lioness, the little fox had a run-in with some jackals. This was not caught on camera. After a bit of scuffle, his powerful voice managed to intimidate the jackals enough that they finally left the fox alone. Again, he survived a close brush with death.

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According to Graham Dyer, the man who saw this whole story transpire before his eyes, the little fox was alive and well for days after its initial encounter with the pride of lions. He saw the fox laying in a patch of grass still recuperating.

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Dyer decided this encounter was too awesome to keep to himself, so he shared the story and photos with National Geographic. These images show that not all enemies have to stay enemies, even in the animal kingdom. There are times when compassion takes over and rules the heart rather than hatred or rage. Us humans may be at the top of the food chain, but we could still learn some good life lessons from so-called “wild” animals.

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