In their cage. Up close.
First, he had to pass by mummie and daddy (in their cage), and then go to the babies. That was rather harrowing.
But the payoff was 15 minutes of photographing and petting these beautiful little cubs. He described their fur as being like “rough cotton”.
One got a little playful and started munching on his leg:
No worries though, Robert took it in stride, and was pleased that they were comfortable enough with him to want to play.
More, with pics, at his blog post, here.