This rare Asiatic lion cub had no difficulty in keeping his eye on the ball during a playful session at Paignton Zoo.
The cub delighted crowds with his antics at the special development session, during which him and his siblings were introduced to solid balls for the first time – all of it captured by photographer Richard Austin.
The cub was one of four born in May to mother Indu and father Mwamba at the zoo. The cubs are two males, Jari and Sabal, and their sisters Maliya and Zarina.
Asiatic lions (Panthera leo persica) are threatened by hunting and habitat destruction. Fewer than 400 survive in the wild in the Gir National Park in India. There are conservation breeding programmes in zoos, including a European Endangered Species Programme.