Male Lions Spotted Mating In Safari Park, Ignoring Lioness

Talk about gay pride!

Two male lions were spotted mating in a safari park by a photographer, who noticed they were ignoring a nearby lioness.

According to a guide, the males pushed out other resident males earlier in the year and had been exhibiting such behavior for the past week.


A tourist captured photos of the rendezvous in the lagoon area of the Kwando Concession in Botswana, southern Africa. (See their intimate encounter here.)

“It is the first time I have seen homosexual behavior in lions, but when reading about it upon my return, it is not that uncommon,” said Belgian lawyer Nicole Cambré and amateur photographer, who took the photos. “With the light just around sunset, it gave some spectacular images.”

It turns out homosexual encounters between male lions are fairly common. Researchers theorize it may have to do with occupying non-alphas or solidifying bonds in the pack. Below, we found two other instances of Leo-on-Leo trysts.


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