Recently, one of the all-time most hilarious photos ever taken was snapped at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in the African country of Kenya.
A lion was photographed mating with a lioness, and the face he made while performing the age-old act of reproduction is priceless: beyond explanation.
Have you ever made a face like this?
While visiting the nature reserve, photographer Václav Šilha, 55, managed to spot the priceless moment, and at the exact moment he snapped the picture it looked like the lion was owning the world.
Václav said: “I like my photos to capture some interaction. 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.”
Several photos were captured, and all of them are actually similarly hilarious. He really looked like this the entire time he got with his female lioness.
The photographer who captured the images continued:
“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.”
The Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya was named for the ancestral inhabitants of the land, the Maasai people, and it is a game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, which happens to be contiguous with the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park.
The park is known around the entire world for its incredible population of leopards, lions, and cheetahs, and every year there’s an annual migration of zebras, wildebeest, and Thomson’s gazelle. It’s something people should know about because isn’t it interesting to think about where these animals still exist? The world would be such a bleak place if beautiful animals like this ceased to exist.
If the animals of our planet preserved in places like this no longer existed, what funny photos would we look at for entertainment? Animals, to some people are a source of joy that seems more pure and real than almost any other type of connection possible in this world.
The diversity of animals that thrive at this location in Kenya is incredible. In the Mara reserve, there’s a periodical migration of those animals in the category of zebras, wildebeest, ect, and they come from the Serengeti plains to the south and the Loita Plains in the north-east.
There at the park, one can find all animals who are considered members of the “Big Five”: some don’t know the “big five” is a thing, but it’s a group of animals related mostly by their rarity, the big five consists of rhinoceros, leopard, lion, cape buffalo, and elephant.
Sadly, rhinos in particular are not doing so well these days, particularly black rhinos. According to Wikipedia: “The population of black rhinos was fairly numerous until 1960, but it was severely depleted by poaching in the 1970s and early 1980s, dropping to a low of 15 individuals. Numbers have been slowly increasing, but the population was still only up to an estimated 23 in 1999.”
Then in the region, you’ve got the Talek and Mara rivers, where in large groups, one can find crocodiles and hippopotami.