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​Lion Looks Very Pleased With Himself As He Mates With A Lioness

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​Lion Looks Very Pleased With Himself As He Mates With A Lioness

Most people don't exactly pull the most attractive expressions while they're getting down and dirty with someone, let's face it. All that grunting and grimacing... I mean, there's clearly a reason why we usually turn the lights off.

But there's one dude showing us that it doesn't have to be quite so awkward. That dude is a lion, and he is absolutely owning it.

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The cool cat was photographed mating with a lioness at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, and as you can see, he's absolutely chuffed with himself.

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Looks pretty chuffed with himself, doesn't he? Credit: Caters
Looks pretty chuffed with himself, doesn't he? Credit: Caters

Photographer Václav Šilha, 55, spotted the intimate moment while visiting the reserve and decided to capture it for the world to see.

Václav, who is sharing his images of the cocky lion grinning from ear to ear for the first time, said: "I like my photos to capture some interaction.

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"Whether among animals, nature or advancing civilisation.

"As soon as the female is ready to mate, she would raise her tail and provoke him by rubbing him or crawling at his feet.

"The male follows her impatiently, for the female leaves behind a strong odour.

The moment was captured by photographer Václav Šilha. Credit: Caters
The moment was captured by photographer Václav Šilha. Credit: Caters
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"This lasts for three to five days in females, and during this time the pair are able to mate up to 200 times.

"Although mating itself takes only a few seconds, it is repeated about every 20 minutes."

Sounds exhausting... No wonder he's full of pride. Ba-dum-tshhhh.

The intimate moment took place at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Credit: Caters
The intimate moment took place at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Credit: Caters
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And our lion pal isn't the only four-legged lothario getting some action, as recently a polar bear also hit headlines for a similarly confident mating approach.

In the middle of a shopping centre, no less. Blimey.

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Shoppers at Tynwald Mills in the Isle of Man were treated to quite the festive scene, with one taking to Twitter to spread the Christmas cheer.

Apparently the display had been altered by mischievous customers, but the shopping centre apologised regardless.

A spokesman said: "Apologies to anybody offended by our somewhat interactive display."

The centre later revealed via Twitter that there was more to come from the saucy bears in question. In fact, it's now celebrating a Christmas miracle:

That's right, a baby polar bear!

According to Tynwald Mills' Facebook page, the bear is a 'mighty 4st 3lbs'.

"Mum is doing well," the post also adds.

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Topics: News, Animals

Jess Hardiman
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