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Leopard Takes A Break From Hunting To Save Baby Baboon

In a twist that rivals the plot of a greek tragedy, a leopard helps a day-old baby baboon escape the deadly clutches of hyenas.

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YouTube/wildlife films

Why was the baby all alone in the jungle? The leopard had just killed the baby's mother.

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YouTube/wildlife films

The moving and classic clip, which comes from the film Eye of the Leopard, begins just after the mother baboon has died, at the hands of the leopard looking for food.

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YouTube/wildlife films

As the leopard is carrying away the body, something rolls out from the folds of fur: a tiny day-old infant.

While the leopard doesn't seem to know what to do with the baby, the baby appears to take to the leopard as though she were his new mother.

And the young leopard seemed torn between her instincts to kill and to care.

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YouTube/wildlife films

When the leopard spots hyenas close by, she takes the baby between her teeth - but only to relocate him to the higher and safer branch of a tree.

YouTube/wildlife filmsWhere the video ends, the leopard is holding and grooming the orphaned baby in an incredible display of affection. YouTube/wildlife filmsIt's hard to say what the leopard felt or why the animal took to the baby as her own child. YouTube/wildlife filmsBut her behavior is a testament to the complex emotions of animals, and the never-ending drama of the natural world, where we human beings are actors and awe-struck audience at once.Watch the full video of the interaction below:

YouTube/wildlife filmsWhere the video ends, the leopard is holding and grooming the orphaned baby in an incredible display of affection. YouTube/wildlife filmsIt's hard to say what the leopard felt or why the animal took to the baby as her own child. YouTube/wildlife filmsBut her behavior is a testament to the complex emotions of animals, and the never-ending drama of the natural world, where we human beings are actors and awe-struck audience at once.Watch the full video of the interaction below:

YouTube/wildlife films

YouTube/wildlife films

Where the video ends, the leopard is holding and grooming the orphaned baby in an incredible display of affection.

YouTube/wildlife films

YouTube/wildlife films

It's hard to say what the leopard felt or why the animal took to the baby as her own child.

YouTube/wildlife films

YouTube/wildlife films

But her behavior is a testament to the complex emotions of animals, and the never-ending drama of the natural world, where we human beings are actors and awe-struck audience at once.

Watch the full video of the interaction below: