Dr Ezekiel Mutua, who is responsible for TV and film censorship in Kenya, has blamed gay men for the actions of two lions recent photgraphed getting intimate in Kenya’s Masai Mara.
The two male lions were seen engaging in a love-making session that lasted for at least a minute. Mutua 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.
“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.
Mr Goldstein says: “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.”
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.