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Two male lions were spotted during an intimate moment in Kenya's Masai Mara.

Yes, you read that right! Two male lions have stunned a photographer by having sex in front of him – with more affectionate than straight lions.

While male lions engaging in sexual activity is a rare occurrence, it is far from unknown.

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The lions, who live in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, strolled off to the bushes to have sex.

Homosexual activity is not unknown among lions, especially males, and scientists report that some eight per cent of all observed mountings in the wild are male on male

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Unlike what can often be a violent end to mating between a male and a female lion, this pair were seen nuzzling each other post-mount.

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This however was astonishing. I normally loathe any sort of humanising with animals and our documentary channels are full of it, but this was not only surprising but it was impossible not to smile. When lions mate it normally last 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.'
Paul Goldstein, Photographer from Wimbledon

And it just shows that even though the idea that The Lion King’s Simba could be gay is just a pipe dream which annoys homophobes, at least some of these beautiful animals are out there representing.

Lions are by no means the only animal species where homosexual relations exits. Biologists have recorded same-sex sexual activity in more than 450 species including flamingos, bison, beetles and warthogs.

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