A mother giraffe accidentally broke the neck of her newborn calf with a fatal, misplaced kick after attempting to ward off a cruel attack by a hungry lioness.
The brutal encounter shows a hectic mother kicking wildly at the deadly lion but tragically slapping her own child instead of the predator in Kenya.
Aware that the battle was deadly and that the hour-old calf had no chance of survival, the lion strategically withdrew at a safe distance before waiting for the inevitable death of the baby.
A mother giraffe accidentally broke the neck of her newborn calf with a fatal, misplaced kick after attempting to ward off a wild attack by a hungry lioness
The brutal encounter shows a hectic mother kicking wildly against the deadly lion but tragically beating her own child
While her calf is dying, the distraught giraffe frantically tries to bring her baby to life before she walks away sadly and returns every few meters to view her lost child.
The disturbing encounter was recorded by the South African nature photographer, Mike Dexter, 33.
He had spent hours following the proud mother and her newborn took the first awkward steps across the Maasai Mara, Kenya.
The acclaimed photographer, who also acts as a safari guide, was surprised by the traumatic observation of nature in its most ruthless way.
Mike Dexter, 33, had spent hours following the proud mother and her newborn who took the first awkward steps
Dexter says: & # 39; We had been following the two giraffes for a while as they made their way across the plains, the calf was only a few hours old, so they moved slowly, not much happened & # 39;
A lioness approaches the pair while the mother tries to protect the young calf from the predator while Dexter watches him prepared with his camera
The lioness narrows herself in the baby giraffe while her mother watches in a protective way before the violent scenes unfold
& # 39; We had been following the two giraffes for a while as they made their way across the plains, the calf was only a few hours old, so they moved slowly, not much happened, & Dexter says, Instagram handle @mikedexterphotography used.
& # 39; Out of the blue a lioness stuck her head out of the grass no more than 50 meters from the giraffe, it was completely unexpected for me, the giraffe and the lion.
& # 39; I also did not expect the lion to adopt the giraffe calf alone, because adult giraffes are known for their formidable kicks and predators who are usually careful. On this day the lioness decided to try her luck. & # 39;
Dexter watched with horror as the scene erupted in violence.
& # 39; The giraffe blows out with a deadly kick while a lioness tackles her newborn calf, & # 39; added the 33-year-old photographer who fell in love with the African Bush as a youth before getting his dream job as a guide at the world-famous Malamala game Reserve in South Africa.
The giraffe is sad when she realizes that she has killed her newborn calf while the lioness encircles her in the Maasai Mara in Kenya
While her calf is dying, the distraught giraffe frantically tries to bring her baby to life before she walks away sadly and circles back a few meters to look at her lost child
The mother giraffe continues to chase the lioness for a while, but her attempts are meaningless because the predator is somewhere far away
& # 39; Tragically, her goal is slightly less and it is the neck of her baby that gets the full power of the blow instead of the lion.
& # 39; The mother giraffe continues to chase the lion for a while, but her attempts are meaningless. The lioness is a bit away, comfortable in the knowledge that she just has to wait.
& # 39; The mother giraffe spins around for a while, apparently unsure about what to do next. Her baby is still alive, but his neck is clearly broken. Eventually she starts to leave and stops to turn around and look around every 20 meters.
& # 39; Once she was about 100 meters away, the lion sauntered back on stage and minutes later, the baby's short life had gone around the circle in just one morning. & # 39;
Although fierce, Dexter believes that his impressive recordings show the reality of life on the plains.
& # 39; It was hard to look at, especially the obvious distress that the mother had after her fatal error &, he admits.
& # 39; But it's important to tell the whole story. I think people appreciate it when they see my pictures, they think the pictures are great, but the situation is tragic. Usually it is an "Oh my God!", Word of mouth response.
& # 39; Nature isn't all cute and cuddly, behind every majestic portrait of a lion that looks royal, there's a hefty body count. & # 39;
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