Why do Female Lions Bite Male Balls : That NSFW Story Of A Lion Getting Bitten On The Balls Isn’t Quite Right, But The Truth Is Just As
The images are undeniably funny, but is the caption in any way true? As usual with these viral photos, not quite.
Lions do have somewhat intense mating behaviours. All cats, including lions, have barbed penises (or “penile spines”) that rake the walls of the female’s vagina as the animal withdraws at the end of copulation, which is thought to be a way of inducing ovulation. Mating appears to stimulate ovulation in lions (though ovulation can occur spontaneously in some lions).
Asiatic lions will mate in a marathon session of 3-7 days. During this time, they will stay in close proximity to each other, with the male guarding against other potential mates. The end of mating is abrupt with “some amount of aggression directed towards the male.” They will then rest, before resuming mating at frequent intervals over a number of days.
Though the female is usually observed initiating the mating with growling vocalizations, there is no evidence to suggest that lionesses will bite the male on the balls to get things going. That part appears to have started as a joke, before being passed on as “fact”, as is the way of the Internet.
What’s more, the images of the Asiatic lions were taken by Safi Kok at Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands. As the rest of the photo series makes clear, the lioness is a juvenile, one of the three that were born at the zoo in August 2018 to mother Lalana and father Aapel.
The distress seen in the male lion is not a tired lion being prompted for another round of mating, but a father lion being bitten on the testicles by a cub. According to the zoo, this is not the first instance of this behavior for cubs Asha, Reena, and Mette.
“Lion Aapel has taken up his role as a father well,” the zoo wrote about the lions back in April 2019. “The playful cubs first studied him from a distance, but in the meantime his daughters are challenging him, playing with his tail, snapping into his mane or butt.”
So there you have it, it’s still an amusing image, just perhaps more so for any father that has been accidentally kicked in the testicles while entertaining their kids.
Lion loses a TESTICLE after lionesses attack him for trying to steal their food
- A lion lost a testicle after he tried to steal food from cubs and a pride of lionesses attacked him for his blunder
- Mandevo the lion tried to swipe a buffalo kill from the new mothers but was taken down by the lionesses
- During the cat fight in Maasai Mara, southwestern Kenya, Mandevo suffered a nasty bite to his genitals
- It left the lion in considerable pain and later vets decided they would have to remove one of its testicles
- Gren Sowerby, 71, from Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, saw the fight and said the lion’s howl was ‘like an F1 car’
This lion upset a pride of lionesses and lost a testicle for his trouble after they pounced on him for trying to take food from their young.
Mandevo the lion tried to swipe a buffalo kill from the new mothers, not realising it was meant for their 11-strong brood of cubs.
Mandevo suffered a nasty bite to his genitals during the fight in Maasai Mara, Kenya, that left vets no choice but to remove one of his testicles.
Photographer Gren Sowerby captured the cat fight on camera, allowing him to raise the alert rangers who moved in to administer veterinary treatment.
Mr Sowerby, from Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, regularly visits the area to photograph the animals.
The 71-year-old said: ‘The roar was like an F1 car! He laid down and licked himself.
‘We were surprised but have seen this behaviour before. We saw the damage done to him.’
If Mr Sowerby and his team had not seen what happened, Mandevo may not have received urgent treatment for his injury.
He added: ‘The rangers sent a vet out from the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage.
‘He did surgery on him and he is now recovering in the wild where they will monitor him.’
A lion lost a testicle after he tried to steal food from cubs and a pride of lionesses attacked him (pictured) for his blunder
The lion was no match for the lionesses protecting their 11 cubs. The animals were soon embroiled in a vicious fight
Mandevo the lion was left with a bite to his genitals that needed attention from vets, who decided they needed to remove one of his testicles
The lion got into the scrap after he tried to pinch a buffalo kill from the new mothers that was intended for the 11 newborns
The battle was spotted by determined photographer Gren Sowerby, 71, in Maasai Mara, in the south west of Kenya.
The lionesses were snapped with blood around their mouths during the brutal fight, in which they pinned the lion down
Mr Sowerby, from Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, regularly visits this area of East African country Kenya to photograph animals
More: Why do Female Lions Bite Male Balls
You won’t believe this! When the Lionesses are in heat, they have a lot of s3x at once in a single day, around 20 to 40 times, and the Lioness becomes the one who demands to mate.
So if his man is tired and can’t keep up with her, SHE BITES HIS BALL!
Johanna Kok, the photographer, took the picture at Blijdorp, the Rotterdam Zoo. This picture quickly went viral on social medias and netizens join in a MEME WAR, see the original picture below:
According to The Behaviour Guide to African Mammals, Female lions will start mating at about 4 years old while males begin closer to 5. Much like her feline cousins, a lioness coming into heat will advertise her readiness with sent marking, calling, rubbing on objects and rolling around on the ground. Watch the videoclip
Life is not always easy for the King. When lion mating duty calls, he is required to muster up all the stamina he has to satisfy his lioness. Given a pride may have several females, his work is cut out for him.
When a lioness is in heat and looking to mate, she calls all the shots. Much as it is with other big cats, she decides when, where and how often mating will take place. His job is to…well, get the job done.
The mating behaviour of lions, on the other hand is a painful process for the female. The penis is barbed and its withdrawal hurts the female who may twist around and attack the dismounting male. The pain is necessary for feline mating as it is the shock to her system that induces ovulation and permits fertilization.