Two Gay Lions Spotted Engaging in a Rare Tender Loving Moment
Wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein could hardly believe his eyes when he photographed the huge male cats having a rare sexual encounter in a Kenyan national park in Masai Mara.
Gay behaviour is quite common in hundreds of different species in the animal kingdom but it is rarely photographed.
The impressive beasts stood next to each other before one laid down and was gently mounted. At one point the fearsome alpha males even nuzzled each other’s head.
”Sometimes you just see something that takes your breath away.
“What then happened was remarkable and no-one could explain it.
“I have heard of this happening in Botswana but with nothing like this vigour, and indeed at various zoos and safari parks, but incarcerated animals will do strange things, who can blame them.
“This however was astonishing, it was impossible not to smile. When lions mate it normally last a few seconds, these two were at it for over a minute and the obvious affection afterwards was very evident, as opposed to the violent withdrawal when male and female mate.
“Even as he dismounted he did not back off as is normal after mating, he crept round to the other male’s muzzle, for a nuzzle and threw a conspiratorial wink his way.”
Petter Bockman, an expert on homosexuality in animals from the University of Oslo, said: “If you ask: ‘can animals be gay?’ the short answer is: ‘Yes.’
“‘Gay’ is a human word, however, so we prefer to use the word ‘homosexual’ for animals.
“Sexuality is not just about making babies, it is also about making the flock work.
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