Gay lions seen in Kenya "need counselling" and "must have been influenced by homosexual men behaving badly in national parks" says country's "moral policeman"
Two male lions were photgraphed getting intimate in Kenya's Masai Mara and this shocked a lot of people, including the country's 'moral police' who is now blaming gay men for the lions' actions.
The two male lions were seen engaging in a love-making session that lasted for at least a minute, which is longer than the usual time lions mate. Afterwards they were seen cuddling with obvious affection for each other.
Dr Ezekiel Mutua, who is responsible for TV and film censorship in Kenya, saw the photo and said gay men who visit the national park are responsible for influencing the animals' behaviour. He also called for the two lions in question to be caught and kept in isolation until scientists can "determine how they acquired homosexual behaviour".
Homosexuality among certain animals, including lions, has been observed for decades and is believed to be a natural occurence, but Dr Mutua is convinced that the only way the lions learnt that is either by seeing gay men having sex in front of them, or the lions have been possessed by demons. He has now called for an investigation into whether the two lions were really male, though their grand manes make it really obvious.
"These animals need counseling, because probably they have been influenced by gays who have gone to the national parks and behaved badly," Dr Mutua told Nairobi News. "They must have copied it from somewhere or it is demonic. Because these animals do not watch movies."
The images of the lions getting intimate were taken by London-based photographer Paul Goldstein during a trip to the Masai Mara. The lions had walked into some bushes to get some privacy and that was when Goldstein saw them. He said he first observed the two lions standing side-by-side, before one lay down and was gently mounted by the other. At one point one lion's head was resting on the other's.
Mr Goldstein, a guide for Exodus Travels, says: "Sometimes you just see something that takes your breath away. I was guiding in the Masai Mara recently and we saw two impressive alpha males in perfect light. After a while they stood together, in perfect symmetry. What then happened was remarkable. I have heard of this happening in Botswana but with nothing like this vigour, and indeed at various zoos and safari parks, but incarcerated animals will do strange things, who can blame them.
"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."
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. Studies published in the 20th century indicated that about eight per cent of 'mountings' observed by scientists had been male lions with other males. Male lions have been observed courting other lions, including showing affection and caressing, as well as mounting. Lionesses are also known to couple up, however this has mainly been observed in captivity.
Lions are not 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.