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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Ordinarily, you’d expect these ferocious predators to ravage the poor fox at this point.

But instead of securing the kill, the lions, along with their pride of cubs, were endeared by injured fox cub and lowered their guard in a display of compassion.

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