One day, a lioness and her cubs were enjoying a meal in a tree when a clan of hungry hyenas arrived. They surrounded the tree hoping to get some leftovers. Suddenly, one of the cubs jumped down from the tree, seemingly trying to flee the scene. But before it could run away, it was instantly surrounded by the hyenas and their snapping jaws.
The cub froze with fear, realizing that it had made a grave mistake. Meanwhile, its mother recognized the threat and dropped the impala carcass from the tree to confront the hyenas head-on. She gave them a stare of death and stood firm until they turned their attention away from her helpless cub to the meat in front of them.
In this brave act of selflessness, the mother lion saved her cub’s life while sacrificing dinner for herself. This story originally appeared on For The Win.[