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Now that’s gay pride! Two male lions appear to be mating, while a confused lioness looks on

When a lion tied down another male in an apparent attempt to mate with him, a surly lioness looked on, annoyed. Now that’s gay pride!

Russ Bridges, an amateur wildlife photographer, recorded the spectacle at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster.

The images show one of the male lions approaching his mate, mounting and pinning him down, and then seemingly attempting to mate.

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The lion was seen pinning down another male in an apparent bid to mate with him – while a surly lioness looked on exasperated
Amateur wildlife photographer Russ Bridges captured the spectacle at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster
The cheeky big cat even appeared to stick his tongue out at open-mouthed park visitors while on top of his friend

While on top of the second lion, the large animal appeared to thrust his tongue out at park visitors with gaping mouths.

‘There are two males and two females in that pride,’ said Mr Bridges, of Rotherham, South Yorkshire. One of the lions leapt up, walked over, and leaped on the back of his friend.

‘A lot of people were watching this.’

‘I guess it was a’should have gone to Specsavers’ moment since the lioness was resting there next to them.

‘To be honest, every time a male approached her, she hissed and swatted their faces with her paw.

‘It’s not uncommon for them to behave in this manner at times. I’m not sure if it’s a dominance thing or anything – they appear to be aggressive, but it’s all play between pals.’

The images show one of the male lions stride over to his mate, mount him and pin him down
Warehouse shift manager Mr Bridges, 42, said he’d snapped lions at the wildlife park before but it was the first time he’d seen them playing together¬†

Mr Bridges, 42, of the warehouse shift, said he’d photographed lions at the animal park previously, but this was the first time he’d seen them playing together.

‘Usually they lie asleep doing nothing when I go to photograph them, but this time they were up and about,’ he explained.

‘My favorite is the one when he looks to push his tongue out.

‘I’ve never seen a shot of two males on top of each other with one sticking his tongue out – it’s as if he’s proud of what he’s doing.

‘I passionately enjoy animals; I can’t even bring myself to kill a fly or a spider, and I appreciate the park’s conservation efforts.’

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