Baby monkey clings onto its dead mother, clutched between a lion’s jaws

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The saddest end for the bravest little animal: Baby monkey clings onto its dead mother, clutched between a lion’s jaws… before another member of the pride ends its life too

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  • Heart-breaking photos show a baby monkey holding onto the body of its dead mother in the jaws of a lion
  • The infant animal eventually loses its grip on the bloodied body of its mother and falls to the ground
  • A younger member of the pride of lions at the Zimanga Private Game Reserve then kills off the baby monkey

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This is the heart-breaking moment a baby monkey clung onto the corpse of its mother in the jaws of a lion before another lion finished off the infant animal.

The brutal reality of nature was laid bare at South Africa’s Zimanga Private Game Reserve as the 400-pound lion caught and devoured the mother monkey in less than a minute.

Striking photographs show the baby monkey desperately clinging onto the body of its mother, which dangles limply from between the jaws of a lion.

The actions of a second lion in the pride sees the little monkey lose its grip on its bloodied mother and tumble helplessly to the ground.

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Moments later,  the defenceless animal is scooped up by another predator and killed. 

A baby monkey desperately clings onto the body of its mother, which dangles limply from between the jaws of a lion

Blood can be seen covering both the mother and its child as the lion keeps hold of its catch

A baby monkey desperately clings onto the body of its mother, which dangles limply from between the jaws of a lion. Blood can be seen covering both the mother and its child as the lion keeps hold of its catch

All of a sudden, a second lion attempts to claim a share of the male lion's catch, causing the helpless baby monkey to fall from the relative safety of its mother

All of a sudden, a second lion attempts to claim a share of the male lion’s catch, causing the helpless baby monkey to fall from the relative safety of its mother

Defenceless, the baby monkey is soon scooped up as an easy snack by a younger member of the pride of lions and is killed

Defenceless, the baby monkey is soon scooped up as an easy snack by a younger member of the pride of lions and is killed

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