By Harriet Hernando

Five of nature's most fearsome beasts have formed a bond - after they were abandoned by their mums

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Director / Videographer: Ruaridh Connellan
Producer: James Tegerdine
Editors: Joshua Douglas, Ian Phillips


What's all the fuzz about?! The five cubs chill out together

The babies - three lions, a tiger, and a hyena - are having a roaring good time at the Akwaaba Lodge hotel in Rustenburg, South Africa, where they all live under one roof.

The owner of the four-star hotel, Layla Cajee, has raised the cubs from birth. She said: "The animals were born in the lodge but I had to adopt them after they were rejected by their mothers - for being the runts of the family.

A truly adorable rabble!

"In the wild, they would not have stood a chance of survival without their mother's protection. So it's nice to see them growing up together."

All fur one and one fur all!

Bella the tiger, five months, is the leader of the pack, while the three lions, Delano, Romeo and Maximus, also five months, like to 'paws' for a snooze.

Meanwhile, the eldest - Milika the hyena, six months - is the most mischievous in the motley crew.

Layla said: "The naughtiest of them all is Milika - she's very boisterous and likes to play fight with her siblings."

Caught in the act! The animals aren't afraid to squabble over food

The animals share the same living enclosures and even share meal times together. Layla said:

"They do squabble over food and the dominant one - the tiger - will come and take her share first.

Being cute is tiring work!

But I try to ensure that all the animals get the same amount and the same cut of meat to prevent them from fighting. After meal times they usually snuggle up together and have a nap."

A-roar-able! The cubs eat and sleep together - but will have to be split up soon

But these cute cuddly creatures will transform into predators in two years' time - so they will be split up and live in separate spaces.