13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Lion couple 1 second after mating climax.
Having followed a lioness that was walking purposefully along the road in Ruaha National Park before sunrise, some 15 minutes later she joined a group with the clear intention of mating. We observed the mating marathon all morning, leaving the lions to pick their spot without disturbing them. At one point they picked a clear spot on the road close to and facing our vehicle. One second after the climax the male looked straight into the lens.
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||Nov. 16, 2015, 6:19 a.m.