A rare romantic encounter between two male lions has been captured in Kenya by a wildlife photographer.
The two lions were spotted in a secluded bush area on the Masai Mara, seen to be nuzzling and mounting each other.
Wildlife photographer and guide for Exodus Travels, Paul Goldstein, saw the lions standing side-by-side before one lay down and the other mounted him.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mr. Goldstein said:
“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. When lions mate it normally lasts 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.”
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