A Belgian tourist photographed two male lions ‘mating’ in the Lagoon area of the Kwando Concession in Botswana. Gay lion Pride perhaps?
Images taken on a recent safari trip by Nicole Cambré, a lawyer and photographer, show the lions getting affectionate.
Cambré reveals that a guide said that the two lions only began to display their affectionate behaviour that very same week. The guide also suggested that the lions “may have crossed from Namibia.”
That’s it! Just blame the Namibians.
Cambré also says that “these intruder males pushed out the resident males earlier in the year and the other female lions headed into the Mopani woodlands; an area difficult to access with a safari vehicle.”
Gay king of the Jungle?
Belgian Nicole Cambré photographs 2 lions seemingly trying to mate in a Botswana safari park pic.twitter.com/40mvQoYrse
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Additionally, the lawyer and photographer explained that “only one lioness was seen in the centre of the concession where the male lions were.” However, the two male lions “showed no interest in the lioness” and there was also the suspicion that the lioness may have been pregnant.
Cambré also adds that “it is the first time I have seen homosexual behaviour in lions, but when reading about it upon my return, it is not that uncommon. With the light just around sunset, it gave some spectacular images.”
Are animals gay?
Paul Vasey, a psychology professor at the University of Lethbridge studies female Japanese monkeys that mount each other during mating season.
“Some animals do form same-sex partnerships, and a lot more of them display homosexual behaviour from time to time.
“But those behaviours happen so sporadically in most species that there is not enough data to build solid studies on. Or draw conclusions about whether any of those animals are actually gay.
“Whether there’s any kind of same-sex sexual preference going on, that’s left entirely to the imagination in the sense that the data just don’t exist to demonstrate one way or the other.”
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