This is what gay lion pride looks like.
Two lions were caught on camera at a wildlife park in England while a lioness laid on the ground nearby. Could this be a lion version of the In Front of My Salad (NSFW) meme?
The gay-lion coitus was caught by amateur wildlife photographer Russ Bridges who snapped the shots of the scruffy masc bro lions.
“There are two males and a female in that pride,” Russ told the Independent. “One of the lions suddenly got up, walked over and jumped on his friend’s back. A fair few people were watching this going on and laughing – they were all commenting on what it looked like. I think it was a bit of a ‘should have gone to Specsavers’ moment as the lioness was just lying there next to them.”
These lions may be more bi than gay, however. The photographer noted that the lion first tried to approach the lioness and got snubbed. It was only after that when he mounted his scruffy bottom friend and thought to himself a hole’s a hole, right?
“In fairness though, every time a male went near her she snarled and swiped their faces with her paw,” Russ continued. “It’s not really unusual for them to act that way sometimes. I don’t know if it’s a dominance thing or something like that – it looks as if they are aggressive, but it’s all play between friends.”
Gay Animals Exist throughout the animal kingdom
Same-sex animal sexual behavior is not uncommon in the animal kingdom. Recently researchers found themselves in the middle of a frisky gay dolphin orgy in Australia. Not only are there examples of male-on-male action, there are also instances of actual same-sex mates for life.
Dotty and Zee are gay male penguins that have been together for more than a decade in Germany. The penguin duo has even fathered a chick together.
Scientists have already discovered more than 450 species of animals that display same-sex mating behavior. “The variety and ubiquity of same-sex sexual behavior in animals is impressive,” wrote Nathan Bailey and Marlene Zuk from the Department of Biology, University of California, in a paper on same-sex sexual behavior and evolution. “Many thousands of instances of same-sex courtship, pair bonding and copulation have been observed in a wide range of species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, mollusks and nematodes.”