A blogger once told me that if I wanted more hits on my blog, I should write about sex!
Does writing about a couple of lions having sex count? If I include pictures?
We have a lovely Zoo here in Johannesburg; Sunday was warm and sunny, so we took the kid, the camera and a couple of sandwiches and had a pleasant day wandering around, looking at animals and of course taking photos.
I hope you will like these. Yes, there are some (tasteful)photos of lions having sex 🙂
Not this one – this is an alert suricate (or meerkat), guarding his burrow. These are sociable little mammals found only in southern Africa. The name “meerkat” is Dutch for “lake cat” – strange, because they don’t live near lakes, and they are not cats!
Meerkats are quite comical – their expressions can be quite human… I wonder what those two on the right are thinking?
A pair of ducks:
What can you say about a couple of ducks….? Not much really…. I liked the symmetry of the photo, that’s why it’s here 🙂
Nile Crocodiles. Very common, very dangerous. It is NOT a good idea to take a dip in a river in many parts of Africa – these 5 to 6 metre long reptiles are infamous for leaping out at the water’s edge, grabbing an unsuspecting animal (or human) and dragging it down into the depths, never to be seen again. They wedge the dead carcass under a log or stone, wait for it to rot, and then tear it to pieces…..They have very strong jaws, but they can only bite, not chew….
A much happier picture! This old female African Elephant has been at the Jo’burg zoo for many, many years. She is one of the main attractions.
And now, as promised, the sexy lions!
These two were “playing” under a bush…
When they walked out into the open, the male was nuzzling the female’s hind quarters, and then he took her tail in his mouth. I had never seen or heard of this behaviour before…. but it could obviously only mean one thing…
Note the huge scratches on his nose! The lady must have put up a good fight at some stage….
I believe lions mate up to 40 times a day for the four days the female is on heat, so it’s probably just as well each mating lasts only about half a minute.