Heavens to Betsy! As the homophobic beasts in Kenya’s government banned a Disney TV show, Andi Mack, because of a young gay character, two graceful male lions made their roars of disapproval heard by enjoying some serious PDA – the “A” in this case standing for affection, arousal and anal.
Tour guide Paul Goldstein captured the coupling in a secluded Masai Mara area and even gave the Daily Mail a rather rousing account of the lion loving. He first observed the males standing side-by-side before one lay down and was gently mounted by the other.
“When lions mate it normally lasts a few seconds, these two were at it for over a minute. I have heard of this happening in Botswana but with nothing like this vigor. Even after he dismounted he did not back off as is normal after mating, he crept around to the other male’s muzzle for a nuzzle and threw a conspiratorial wink his way.”
While mating between male and female lions often ends in violence, these two male lions were very affectionate after the fact (Heavens to Murgatroyd, don’t get off me yet!). While homosexual activity has been observed in over 450 species including giraffes, butterflies, koalas, dolphins, octopuses and sheep, lion male-on-male loving is rarely captured, especially any post-coital cuddling!
Our own gay lion king, Hanna-Barbera’s Snagglepuss, the pink cartoon mountain lion introduced way back in 1959, lived with a bit more pizzaz. And now, Snagglepuss is getting his own reinvention in an upcoming DC comic story that writer Marc Russell is describing as “a gay Southern Gothic playwright,” adding that, “I envision him like a tragic Tennessee Williams figure.” The story called Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, will pounce (or flounce) into stores on January 3, 2018.