Two male lions in the Kwando Concession in Botswana were caught by photographer Nicole Cambré in photographs that indicate they were mating.


According to The Gaily Grind, Cambré said the two lions had only started these homosexual patterns last 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. Cambré also stated that one lioness was visible near the male lions, but they showed no interest in the female — which may be an indication that the lioness was pregnant.

“'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,” she said.

This isn’t the first time two same-sex animals have been caught mating. According to the BBC, homosexual behavior is the norm among females of macaque populations. “Animals have been observed engaging in same-sex matings for decades,” the article stated. “But for most of that time, the documented cases were largely seen as anomalies or curiosities.”