And you thought you had a problem with hair removal! 'Transexual' lioness is growing a mane
They say that if it walks like a duck and talks like aduck, the chances are it is a duck.
Unfortunately, the same logic cannot be applied to this lion, however.
With its thunderous roar and flowing mane, it bears all the hallmarks of the male of the species.
But look a little closer and it is actually a lioness who has developed the characteristic long locks because of a hormone imbalance.
This has meant that for years other members of the pride shunned the lioness, forcing her to wander the plains of the Okavango Delta in Botswana alone.
But recently local wildlife guides have reported the other lions have finally accepted the unique lioness and it is hoped she can finally reintegrate into her family group.
ANOMALY OCCURS WHEN FOETUS IS EXPOSED TO MALE HORMONES
The anomaly is believed to occur when the embryo is disrupted at conception or in the womb.
Luke Hunter, president of the big-cat conservation group Panthera, says that either way such lionesses would probably be infertile, but 'perfectly capable' of surviving.
They may even become an asset to the pride because if she is perceived as a male by other animals as she may be better able to defend attacks.
Mr Hunter told National Geographic: 'It would be interesting to know if she behaved like a male.
'Two similarly aberrant Serengeti lionesses were outwardly female as they did not have manes.
'But were almost male-sized, and they challenged and fought unfamiliar males for territories as though they were males!'
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