Lions are some of the most fearsome creatures in the animal kingdom, and for good reason. These predators can easily outrun and outsmart their prey, making them the perfect killing machines.

So that’s why when this lioness approached an injured baby bat-eared fox in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve, we truly feared the worst.

The lioness noticed the injured fox on a dirt road. The poor fox was absolutely terrified and froze in fear.

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Then, a hungry male lion spotted them and came looking for an easy meal.

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Things didn’t look good for the little guy.

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But when the lion went in for the kill…

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… the lioness decided she wasn’t about to let anything happen to her tiny new friend…

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… and told him to back off!

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Unbelievable.

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The male lion wasn’t too pleased, but he left the fox alone.

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The lioness went back to caring for the babies.

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Once he was able to get back on his feet, the fox scampered off to safety.

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This mighty predator saved the tiny fox’s life when she could have easily made him dinner. Nature truly is full of surprises.

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