By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis
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The young feline accompanied its mother as it crossed the road in the Kruger Park, South Africa, but was suddenly overcome by an urge to play.
The male cub attacked the older cat and tried to get his parent to join in the fun – unaware she was becoming aggravated.
Dionne Van Wyk, 45, watched as the young male tried to play with its indifferent mother.
She said: “It was an overcast morning with some drizzle. We were overtaken by another car and about 400 meters further on the two leopards walked across the road right in front of us.
“We could see that one was smaller than the other and at first glance thought it was a male and female. Only when the smaller one kept on playing and attacking the bigger one, we realised that it was a young male and his mother.
“We were treated with them playing for more than an hour right next to the road. At times you could see the mother getting a little aggravated with the constant harassment but like a good mother, she would take it in her stride and continue with the playing.
“They eventually disappeared in the thick bush and that was the last we saw of them.
“We still can not believe how blessed we were to experience such a sighting and be able to take such intimate photos.”