Two adult male lions were recently photographed apparently trying to mate in the Lagoon area of the Kwando Concession in Botswana, southern Africa, reports the DailyMail.
Lawyer Nicole Cambré, who took the photos during a safari trip, said she saw the duo ‘mating’ and was told by her guide that he had observed this behavior for about a week.
“These 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,” she said.
“Only one lioness was seen in the center 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,” she added. “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. With the light just around sunset, it gave some spectacular images.”
“One of the lions was wearing a collar and our guide thought that they may have crossed from Namibia,” she added.
The Daily Mail adds:
While a male lion mounting another male lion may not be conclusive evidence of homosexuality, biologists have recorded same-sex sexual activity in more than 450 species including flamingos, bison, beetles and warthogs.
A 2010 study of Alaskan Albatrosses found that a third of the pairs actually consisted of two females.