These heartwarming pictures show two playful cubs putting their best paws forward for a spot of lion dancing.
Swiping their claws before pouncing forward, the duo move around their ‘dancefloor’ with a sort of hap-hazard grace at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania.
Then one of the dancers takes a run up – much to the apparent alarm of its partner who watches on with a look of dread in his eyes.
Perhaps the pair were attempting to try out a lift, as performed by professional dancers. Unfortunately there is no photographic evidence as to how it turned out..
Later on, however, it would seem that one of the dancing duo has overdone it and so takes a little rest, lying on its back with its legs stretched up in the air.
The beautiful photographs were captured by professional wildlife photographer Win van den Heever, 41, from South Africa, who spent two weeks in Ndutu, Tanzania, waiting for the perfect shots of the cubs.
Mr van den Heever said: ‘I was there to photograph the annual wildebeest calving season.
‘The rains were late this year and the wildebeest were still in Serengeti waiting for the rains to arrive.
‘The animals in the area were all quite desperate for the first rains to fall and the daily dust storms would choke the air.
Photographs….Win van den Heever