By Mikey Jones
A lioness who was separated from her cubs has been filmed crying out for the youngsters before being reunited in heartwarming footage filmed by safari staff.
The frantic mum’s calls become more frequent and get louder as panic sets in – a feeling every parent will be familiar with – until the lioness eventually spots her cubs running towards her.
Bobby-Jo Vial, from Australia, is the co-director and photographic guide of Duma Safaris.
She captured the moment during a visit to Greater Kruger National Park.
The 35-year-old said: “We found a lone lioness who was making soft contact calls. This lioness appeared to be searching for her pride.
“”The Pride had most likely become separated whilst hunting.
“The calls became more frequent and louder. The lioness climbed a log directly in front of our vehicle within close proximity to our tracker and continued to call. The higher advantage point would help carry her vocal across the dense bush.
“Finally after a long period of time a soft call was returned. The lioness spun around and ran towards the call.
“Only 20 metres from her was another lioness. She had found her family. There were lots of head rubbing and nuzzling which are all wonderful signs of a strong family bond. It was amazing to watch their reunion.
“After a few minutes we heard the faint calls of lion cubs. Much to our delight six cubs appeared out of the thick scrub and ran towards her.
“It was an amazing sight. The Pride then settled down and we were able to watch the cubs interacting with the adults.”