In this remarkable footage from the Smithsonian Channel, taken in the Serengeti in Africa, a familiar scene of hunter and hunted appears ready to play out as expected, but then it takes a surprise twist.
A lioness on the prowl for prey seizes upon a mother wildebeest's newborn calf, but rather than go in for the kill, she suddenly pauses. As if disarmed by the baby's lack of fear, the lioness is then seen allowing him to linger by her in the shade. And in turn, the helpless baby wildebeest appears to imprint upon the predator as his parent, nuzzling with her like he would his mother.
But most incredible of all is how it plays out in the end.