Two leopard cubs spotted playing together in African reserve

Spotted! Photographer captures leopard couple fighting while their mother is hunting

  • Two leopard cubs were caught playing in front of the camera in Mashatu Game Reserve
  • Photographer Janet Kleyn, 53, waited five days to take pictures of the cubs
  • The pair struggled and clawed at each other while their mother was out hunting

A pair of cheeky leopard cubs were caught in action in Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve.

The photos were taken by wildlife photographer Janet Kleyn, 53, as she watched the cubs play together while their mother was out hunting.

Kleyn had waited five days to see them in action because she “knew there were two cubs in a den in the area.”

The cubs started circling each other and one became more aggressive as they bit the other’s tail.

The pair then went to a log where they began to wrestle each other, which involved some more biting and some claws.

Leopard cubs often practice stalking and prey hunting so they can learn how to fend for themselves when alone.

A pair of leopard cubs were captured while hunting together in Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve

The leopard cubs were seen circling each other in preparation

The leopard cubs were seen circling each other in preparation

One leopard cub started biting the other's tail aggressively

One leopard cub started biting the other’s tail aggressively

The cubs then went to a log where they began to wrestle each other

The cubs then went to a log where they began to wrestle each other

The cubs were caught biting and clawing at each other during their playful exchange

The cubs were caught biting and clawing at each other during their playful exchange

Then they started chasing each other up a tree where they showed their impressive jumping skills.

Leopards are known for their incredible jumping skills and can reach up to 6 meters in one jump.

The cubs chased each other as they climbed a tree with impressive speed

The cubs chased each other as they climbed a tree with impressive speed

A leopard can jump to impressive heights of 3 meters vertically and 6 meters horizontally

A leopard can jump to impressive heights of 3 meters vertically and 6 meters horizontally

At the end of the shoot, there was another shot of the couple playfully wrestling on the floor.

It won’t be long before these well-prepared cubs can go hunting with their mother and fend for themselves.

The mother may only hunt their cubs for the first 12 weeks after the cubs are born.

The pair ended the shoot with a final scrimmage on the ground

The pair ended the shoot with a final scrimmage on the ground

Leopard cubs often fight one another to prepare to hunt their prey

Leopard cubs often fight one another to prepare to hunt their prey

The mother can only hunt the cubs for the first 12 weeks after birth

The mother can only hunt the cubs for the first 12 weeks after birth

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