Cape Town - An image of two male lions engaging in "sexual contact" at a reserve in Kenya, has gotten one outspoken government official in Nairobi raging, suggesting they be isolated and subjected to scientific research. Kenya is one of Africa's least gay-friendly countries, with acts of homosexuality punishable by law.
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Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), Ezekiel Mutua says the lions must be kept in isolation and be subjected to scientific research to determine how they acquired this tendency for homosexual behaviour.
Mutua says the act is "an abomination of nature" and that this is the end of the species.
"The very idea of sex even among animals is for procreation. Two male lions cannot procreate and therefore we will lose the lion species," he says.
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In an interview with Nairobi News, Mutua describes the behaviour as "bizarre" and says although they both appear to be male, insisted that "we should all not jump into conclusions that the lions were both males".
"We do not regulate animals, but this is a first and interesting to hear that there are two male lions in love. Some research needs to be done. And also I wish I can get the bio to confirm the two lions were actually male because it is not normal," he says.
"They must be demonically possessed because crazy gay lions are not normal in the animal kingdom."
Mutua claims that the gay lions could have learned homosexual behaviour after watching a gay couple having sex in the game reserve.
"These animals need counselling because probably they have been influenced by 'gays' who have gone to the national parks and behaved badly. I don't know, they must have copied it somewhere or it is demonic because these animals do not watch movies," says Mutua.
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Mutua believes that homosexuality is driven by some demonic force and "demons also possess animals".
"I mean where on earth have you ever heard something like this happening. The demonic spirits inflicting in humans seems to have now caught up with animals," he says, "That is why I will say isolate the crazy gay animals."
But this is not the first instance of homosexual behaviour in animals and it undoubtedly won't be the last.
According to experts, a male lion mounting another male lion may be a way of showing dominance.
In and interview featured with Traveller24 last year, Edwin Pierce from Sabi Sands Game Reserve told Traveller24 that male lions “mating” with other males is not an altogether uncommon occurrence.
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