Apparently the maternal instinct is even stronger than the hunting instinct: this leopard left her kill in order to take care of a baby baboon! (National Geographic caught it all on video!) I think this a glimpse into how God originally intended for all animals to behave (and how they will all be again in heaven): peaceful, nonviolent, and vegetarian -- even lions and leopards!! "In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, ... The lion will eat hay like a cow." (Isaiah 11:6-8) If you're still not convinced, check out some more amazing true stories from nature... Little Tyke, the lioness who refused to eat meat and ate a strict vegetarian diet <http://www.vegetarismus.ch/vegepet/tyke.htm> Larsens the Lioness, who adopted and took care of five baby oryx antelopes, protecting them from other lions. <http://www.naturescornermagazine.com/lion_lamb.html>
"And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so. (Genesis 1:30)
"Science is at a loss when it comes to Little Tyke. Felines are the strictest of carnivores. Without flesh she should have developed blindness, as well as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)..." "In the wild, lions eat only flesh—eleven pounds a day..."
"In desperation they added one drop of blood to a full bottle of milk, but Little Tyke refused this bottle as well..."
"When she was four years old, the Westbeaus advertised a thousand dollar reward for anyone who could devise a method tricking Little Tyke into eating meat. Numerous plans met with failure since Little Tyke refused to have anything to do with flesh."
"Not only did she survive, she thrived on her vegetarian diet."
"Little Tyke had many close animal friends. Her favorites were Pinky (a kitten), ..., Becky (a lamb) and Baby (a fawn)."
"In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion..." (Isaiah 11:6)
On Christmas Day of 2001, game wardens at the Samburu National Park in Kenya watched as an adult lioness frightened off an oryx antelope mother, and picked up her baby calf in its mouth. Because lions normally hunt these antelope, they assumed the lion would kill and eat the baby. But then the unexpected happened. The lion, named Larsens, began to nuzzle and fondle the frail little creature. ... For more than two weeks, the lioness Larsens nudged the little calf along, all the while allowing her to return to her antelope mother for nourishment before chasing the mother antelope away once again. But Larsens would again amaze the rangers with her mothering instincts. On Valentine’s Day, 2002, lioness Larsens was spotted with another oryx calf. And just like the last one, she’d adopted the calf as her own. She ultimately adopted a total of five oryx calves, giving all of them fierce protection and tender care while ignoring her own basic needs. Her actions have made her a legend among the people of Kenya, and they bestowed another name on her because of their reverence for her loving nature. She adopted a series of what was normally a “prey” species for lions, and protected them as her own. She knew she could not provide nourishment for them, and allowed them to return to their mothers for food.