A Confused but Big-hearted Lioness

Last night while wrapping Christmas presents I watched a wild life documentary on TV about an unusual lioness in Africa. As a cub, she must have had imprinting issues with her parents because she adopted an orphaned antelope-type animal (I can’t remember its exact name but it looked like a miniature giraffe). The lioness was convinced she was its mother.

Kind of like Animal Channel’s version of PD Eastman’s book “Are You My Mother?”

It was really a charming story with beautiful footage. The lioness was very protective of her adopted baby. I watched absentmindedly, making a dent in my to-be-wrapped pile, looking forward to a happy ending for the lioness and her baby antelope.

Suddenly, a gigantic lion leapt out of the bush with a roar and dashed off with the baby antelope. The antelope whimpered for its mom as the lioness responded in great distress, watching from a cautious distance as the lion swaggered off, dangling its prey from its toothy mouth.

Why did I think there would be a moral ending for a wildlife show? Seems like another oxymoron.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.