Photos of a lioness biting a lion’s balls have gone viral on social media. The photos were taken by photographer Johanna Kok at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands.
According to Encyclopædia Britannica, both male and female lions are polygamous and breed throughout the year, but females are usually restricted to the one or two adult males of their pride.
In captivity lions often breed every year, but in the wild they usually breed no more than once in two years. Females are receptive to mating for three or four days within a widely variable reproductive cycle.
During this time a pair generally mates every 20–30 minutes, with up to 50 copulations per 24 hours. Such extended copulation not only stimulates ovulation in the female but also secures paternity for the male by excluding other males.
The gestation period is about 108 days, and the litter size varies from one to six cubs, two to four being usual.
This Article Was Originally Published On 9gag.com (27 July 2020)