By Hannah Stewens @hannahshewans
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German wildlife photographer Ingo Gerlach was on safari in the Kenyan Masai Mara when he spotted the tender family moment.
Female leopards have litters of two to three cubs and their young will leave by the time they are two-years-old.
Ingo said: “The leopard was changing location to protect the cubs from enemies like lions or hyenas.
“This is a proven strategy of leopard mothers, who seek a different shelter for their offspring every day.
“This leopard brought her cute babies safely along the river Olare Orok in the Kenyan Masai Mara.
“It was just wonderful to look at how affectionate and anxious mama leopard looked.”
The protective mother will continue to move and hide her cubs regularly until they are old enough to start learning how to hunt with her.
Leopards are usually solitary animals and roam their own territories, avoiding other leopards when they can.
When a female is ready to mate she will give out a specific scent and rub her body on trees to signal male leopards that she is ready to mate.
Ingo added: “The bright blue eyes of the leopard babies increased the cuteness factor by five! After a considerable time the leopard found a safe shelter in front of a small cave.
“She left the boys and went on a night hight for she needed food so she could still suckle her young.
“In the meantime the leopard babies played in front of their new home until nightfall.”