Heike Sommer

Camera: Nikon Z8

Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 300 mm 1:4 E PF ED VR

Aperture: 4.0

Shutter speed: 1/2500

ISO: 560

Description: Lioness attacks newborn Giraffe calf - which survived in the end

Story from behind the lens: We came across this very newborn Giraffe calf - still wet from birth and doing its very first steps, still very wobbly and still having to sort its legs. The next we saw were two lionesses, trying to attack the little baby while the mother desperately and furiously tried to protect its little one. Courageously she kicked at the lionesses again and again until the baby slowly but surely got more and more sure-footed. However the lionesses attacked the baby twice - the image shows one of these incredible attacks. Its nature for sure but was still hard to watch. Unbelievably but true: the baby managed it to get back to its feet and finally galloped away with its mother until they disappeared behind the horizon.