The story of a pure moment of grace: lion hugs its cub

20 Iun 2019 | by Alexandra Allerton

Disney will soon be releasing a remake of The Lion King, using super up-to-date CGI and photorealistic animation technology.

The story of a pure moment of grace: lion hugs its cub

However, no matter how amazing the film is, it won't be as perfect as two actual lions sharing a loving embrace.

Sabine Bernert, from Paris, France, was documenting wildlife in Masai Mara, Kenya, when she captured the adorable moment. 

The 53-year-old photographer's images show a father lion gazing around his territory in the plains of Masai Mara before one of his cubs sneak into the long grass and jumps in for a big cuddle. 

You could easily say we're anthropomorphising this exchange a bit here, but the daddy lion does undeniably appear to be closing its eyes as it cuddles its cub, in the same way that actual dads do when they're overcome by the combination of love and fatigue their children have brought into their lives.

Sabine caught the tender moment in the early hours of the morning while taking pictures for a children's book and she said the pair seemed to be really enjoying each other's company.

She said: "The lion pretended he hadn't seen the cubs until the last second. Then they started to play joyfully.

"I especially love the moment when the male lion is hugging the cub softly - the contrast between his brute strength and his gentleness, the huge size of his paw very softly holding the little cub.

"I was amazed by the way this huge lion was playing so gently with the cubs. They really looked like they were enjoying themselves and have fun. With the delicate light of the sunrise, it was a pure moment of grace."