Lion dancing! Adorable dancing cubs practise their moves... two elders show how it's done
|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.At one point the pair stand up on their back legs and touch paws - almost as though they're about to start a ballroom dance.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.Meanwhile its partner waits on patiently - eager for its next spin on the dancefloor.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.'I took these pictures just as the rain started to fall and almost instantaneously these older lion cubs started to play with each.'Elsewhere, it would seem that two older lions have also been struck with a bit of boogie fever.But rather than a hap-hazard dance routine - these two pros have got their moves down to an art.The pair sway and hold a variety of poses in a far more elegant ensemble than the younger performers.The females, pictured at Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa, first stand up on their hind legs - a move the cubs could only briefly master.Then they stand paw-to-paw, looking into each others eyes, and embrace.Finally, they sway from side to side in a routine that would give any Strictly Come Dancing contestant a run for their money.However, at one point disaster strikes and one of the females slips.The mistake obviously causes a rift between the pair - as one paces away from the dancefloor, with the other following closely behind.But the fight doesn't last long as the females are soon back together practising another routine.
- Two cubs shuffle their paws and lurch forward on their 'dancefloor' in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
- Pair stand on their hind legs and dance paw-to-paw as if they're about to ballroom dance
- Meanwhile, two older females practise their moves at the Great Kruger National Park, South Africa
- Dancing queens also stand on their back legs before embracing, touching paws and swaying together