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Lion cubs play hide and seek around a tree trunk in adorable night-time footage shot in South Africa

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Lion cubs play hide and seek around a tree trunk in adorable night-time footage shot in South Africa

  • The clip was captured by a ranger in Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa 
  • Photographer, Pieter van Wyk, said: 'This way, they learn the skills of the hunt'
  • Mala Mala is the largest and oldest private big five game reserve in South Africa

By Leigh Mcmanus For Mailonline

Published: 07:57 EST, 11 February 2019 | Updated: 09:11 EST, 11 February 2019

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This heartwarming footage captures a rare sighting of lion cubs playing a game of hide and seek in the dead of night.

Keeping a tree as 'base' for their play session, the adorable cubs can be seen running after one another as they hide from their siblings.

The moment was captured by Pieter van Wyk, who works as a ranger in Mala Mala Game Reserve in Mpumalanga province of South Africa.

Pieter said it was one of the longest play sessions by the lion cubs he had witnessed and the first game of hide and seek he'd seen them play.

He said: 'I was guiding a group of guests in MalaMala Game Reserve when we saw these adorable cubs.

'What followed was an incredible play session by the cubs.

The adorable cubs can be seen running after one another as they hide from their siblings in the South African reserve 
The adorable cubs can be seen running after one another as they hide from their siblings in the South African reserve 

The adorable cubs can be seen running after one another as they hide from their siblings in the South African reserve 

'It was the longest play session I'd seen and the first during which the cubs mimicked a game of hide and seek with the tree almost acting as a safe base - the centre point of their game.

'My guests and I loved every moment of it. It was adorable, cute and funny.'

Mala Mala Game Reserve is the largest and the oldest private big five game reserve in South Africa.

Pieter, who has been photographing wild animals in the reserve for several years, said cubs often play like this to learn the skills of the hunt. 

Photographer, Pieter van Wyk, said: 'This way, they learn the skills of the hunt'
Photographer, Pieter van Wyk, said: 'This way, they learn the skills of the hunt'

Photographer, Pieter van Wyk, said: 'This way, they learn the skills of the hunt'

 

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