Photo of ‘mating’ male lions goes viral

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Photographs of two male lions ‘mating’ while a lioness looks disgruntled have gone viral – but things aren’t what they seem.
The pictures, from Yorkshire Wildlife Park, have been shared thousands of times on social media.


But without meaning to disappoint anyone hoping for a love story, the two lions are just boisterous brothers playing, and the lioness next to them is their mum. asked park director Cheryl Williams what the story was behind the photo, and she said the two lions are Ares and Adel, who were rescued alongside their mother Allis from a Romanian zoo.

Bootom line: It’s likely to be a good-natured show of dominance.


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