Grinning lion looks extremely pleased with himself as he m.a.t.e.s with a lioness

South Africa

Hilarious photos show a lion looking very proud of himself as he m.a.t.e.s with a lioness.

The King of the Jungle is seen mounting his m.a.t.e in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

A lion pulls some epic faces whilst mating with a female (Image: Caters News Agency)

During their encounter, the male big cat is seen in various positions during his states of arousal.

As he prepares to mount the lioness, she lies on the floor while he becomes more excited.

From standing on his hind legs, showing off his teeth in a huge smile, and roaring, the animal clearly shows how excited he is by his encounter.

The male lion prepares to m.a.t.e the female (Image: Caters News Agency)

The expressive wild cat bares his teeth (Image: Caters News Agency)

Photographer, Vaclav Ilha, 55, said: “As soon as the female is ready to m.a.t.e, 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 odor.”

The moment took place at Maasai Mara National Reserve, Keyna (Image: Caters News Agency)

The lion shows off his teeth in a huge smile and roars (Image: Caters News Agency)

This particular encounter was the start of a session that could last around five days, where lions tend to m.a.t.e around 200 times.

Although the act itself only lasts a few seconds they continue to m.a.t.e after 20 minutes.


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