Ruslan was careful not to approach the young cubs too soon, as the mother was still in the immediate vicinity. If they acted too impulsively, she could quickly attack them. But, the clock was ticking, and he and his companion observed the cubs become increasingly distressed. Finally, he concluded that the mother was at a safe distance. He and his companion drove the boat cautiously near the cubs so they wouldn’t be startled. But, to their surprise, the young cubs seemed to recognize this as a lifeline.