Two male lions were photographed getting intimate, seemingly ignoring the lionesses.
Like many tourists who go on holiday anywhere in Africa, Nicole Cambre went on a safari when she visited Botswana.
Cambre is a lawyer and award-winning photographer from Belgium who was recognized by National Geographic in 2014 for her nature imagery. She visited Botswana last month and captured something quite incredible.
She claims she saw two lions mating while ignoring the lioness of the pride. She told The Huffington Post:
“According to our guide they had only started their behaviour 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.
“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.
“It is the first time I have seen homosexual behaviour 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.”
Biologists have recorded same-sex sexual activity in more than 450 species including flamingos, bison, beetles and warthogs.
In 2012, the Yale Scientific published a piece saying the prevalence of which may be “much more common than previously thought” and could include above 10 percent of species around the world.
In lion prides, male lions might exhibit this behaviour to reinforce bonds, according to scientists.