This is when two bear cubs played hide-and-seek, with one hiding up a tree and the other seeming to ‘count’.
Arnna Singh, 44, was photographing tigers while tracking them in the Ranthambhore National Park, India. She saw the two young Sloth bears playing openly in the trees and stopped to film them.
Although their playground is home to a tigress, Archna snapped the carefree cubs popping their heads around the tree trunk for ten minutes – an unusually long sighting for a frequently reclusive species.
The images depict a bear counting to play hide-and-seek as he peers around a tree while another hides in a tree.
Archna, from Delhi, India, said: “I thanked my lucky stars that I was able to capture this – I was ecstatic.
“Everyone much appreciated the photos since seeing Sloth Bears is unusual, and them being so boldly out in the open was just icing on the cake.
It was a pleasure to watch them out and about, playing boldly and without reservation.
It was about 4 p.m., and sloth bears are generally nocturnal, so seeing one out in the wild like this is rare.
It was like a youngster inviting us to play hide-and-seek.
“After playing like that for a while, he goes around the area a bit before engaging in a playful scuffle with his sibling.
“The land was formerly owned by a tigress, and since she wasn’t there that day, the bears were having a field day under the sun.”
The Sloth bear, which has long claws and a sloth-like appearance, would usually flee at the sight of humans. However, this daring pair was performing a show while curiously inspecting the automobiles parked in the distance.
Arcnna has captured portraits of thousands of animals on four continents, including buffalo, elephants, ostriches, and monkeys, but she made it clear that seeing them in broad daylight was uncommon.
Arcnna said: “I had arrived to pursue a tiger and her cubs, but I discovered bears instead, which are even more difficult to come by than tigers.”