Nature can be a brutal place, but this lioness proves that sometimes even the most fearsome predators can show compassion.

This is the moment a lioness caught a bat-eared fox in Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, Africa.

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Having clearly sustained an injury to its spine or pelvis from the encounter, the fox dragged its hindquarters when it attempted to stand.

Meanwhile, a male lion, possibly eyeing up the fox as a quick snack, approached the scene curious as to what had happened.

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