Photographer Captures 2 Male Lions Having Sex — Ignoring Lionesses

Photographer Captures 2 Male Lions Having Sex — Ignoring Lionesses
Source: AP
Source: AP

World-renowned Belgian photographer Nicole Cambre was traveling through the lagoon area of a Botswana safari when she discovered a moment that would go down in viral animal kingdom history: two male lions in the throes of an intense sexual affair.

In a statement, Cambre told the Huffington Post a lioness looked on as the two males began their affair, though they showed no interest in engaging with her. 

"According to our guide they had only started their behavior that same week. These intruder males had pushed out the resident males earlier in the year and the other female lions had headed into the Mopani woodlands, an area difficult to access with a safari vehicle," Cambre wrote. "Only one lioness was seen in the centre of the concession where the male lions were and the lions showed no interest in the lioness leading to the assumption that she may have been pregnant. One of the lions was wearing a collar and our guide thought that they may have crossed from Namibia."

Yale Scientific reported homosexuality has been found in many more species than researchers like Charles Darwin once thought. Over 450 animals partake in same-sex fornication, such as male giraffes, who have similarly been observed ignoring their female counterparts while rubbing their long necks together. So there's that. 

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Chris Riotta

Chris Riotta is a culture reporter at Mic, covering news, music and entertainment. He is based in New York and can be reached at criotta@mic.com

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