By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1
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Two of the animals wrestled on the dirt, before taking the rough and tumble into the water alongside their mother.
Wildlife photographer Paolo Torchio, 54, captured the lively scene in Bandhavgarh National Park, in Madhya Pradesh.
He said:"May and July are very dry months in India just before the monsoon.
“All is dry, the bamboo is without leaves, soil is dusty and cracked.
“The only few water holes left are attracting all the thirsty animals.
“If you are brave enough to take on the challenge of temperatures of 45 degrees and above, you can wait and dream to observe tigers coming to the water to bathe.”
The Italian photographer, who has lived in Nairobi, Kenya, for 20 years, took the photos on May 7.
He continued: “After so much waiting in harsh conditions, finally what you are waiting for is happening in front of you.
"You must remain concentrated and cool down the emotion, think about the framing, the action, the light, to avoid spoiling the opportunity you worked so hard to create.
“The real emotion comes at the end, when all is finished and the tigers are gone back in the jungle.
“Then you can breathe again.”