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Splendor in the Grass? Lions on a Very Hot Date

Posted by Richard Conniff on August 25, 2014

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(Photos: Dave Hamman)

The photographer Dave Hamman took these photos of lions in flagrante delicto.  I was immediately reminded of Lord Chesterfield’s remark about sex: “The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.”

At least in this case the female maintains a certain decorum.

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Or maybe she’s just bored.

The male meanwhile seems determined to make the King of the Jungle look pretty goddamned silly.

Then he says, “That was good for me, was that good for you? Oh, never mind, gotta run,” and gets the hell out of there as fast as he can.

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The scene was Chitabe, in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

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