A Kenya official has demanded counselling for two lions in the Masai Mara game reserve in south-west Kenya.

Photos of the two male lions getting intimate with each other had surfaced in the media, creating controversy in the largely homophobic nation.

Ezekial Mutua, the chief executive of the Kenya Film Classification Board, said the pair must have been influenced after they viewed a human same sex couple.

He claimed that was the only explanation for their “bizarre” behaviour, on the basis that lions don’t watch TV or movies to see such acts there.

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But he added it was also possible that they were driven by evil forces, saying that “demons also possess animals”.

He told the Nairobi News: “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 added: “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.”

He said: “The demonic spirits inflicting in humans seems to have now caught up with animals.”

Homosexual behavior in lions has previously been recorded. A Wikipedia article on the subject reads: “Both male and female lions have been seen to interact homosexually. Male lions pair-bond for a number of days and initiate homosexual activity with affectionate nuzzling and caressing, leading to mounting and thrusting. About 8% of mountings have been observed to occur with other males.”