In a charming scene witnessed by Anton and Michelle Campbell-Harris, husband and wife wildlife enthusiasts, traffic stopped in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
The couple captured the delightful moment when a pride of lion cubs, who had spent the night dozing on the warm tarmac, woke up and began playfully wrestling with each other.
As the morning wore on, many sightseers eagerly gathered, resulting in a tailback of excited onlookers.
The Campbell-Harrises, celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary with a visit to the park, had the opportunity to observe the cubs’ adorable antics while traffic slowly built up.
Anton Campbell-Harris, a 47-year-old real estate company owner, expressed their amazement, saying, “We watched as the cubs became more playful – it was difficult to know what to focus on as there was so much activity going on.
Eventually, cars started arriving from the opposite side, and the expected traffic jam began.”
The couple, hailing from Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa, found themselves privileged witnesses to the lively display of the cubs, completely oblivious to the mounting traffic.
Anton shared, “It is difficult to describe being with wild animals so close, you feel so privileged, and it does wonders for your soul.
We always feel a connection with the cats – we can say that they don’t look at us, but rather look into us.”
Anton Campbell-Harris had entered the park at 5:30 am, hoping to spot big cats taking their morning rest on the warm tar road. His anticipation paid off when some curious cubs ventured close to their car.
As the lionesses grew restless, they approached the couple’s vehicle and disappeared into the grass. Anton recalled, “We were the only car fortunate enough to have any visual of the little cubby heads above the long grass as they walked away.
The excitement of seeing something on the road as you approach it is not something you can explain. The adrenaline high is what keeps us going back time after time.”
With their heartwarming encounter capturing the attention of visitors and animal enthusiasts alike, the playful lion cubs caused an unexpected traffic jam, leaving everyone in awe of the incredible wildlife spectacle.