Two Male Lions Spotted on the Beach, Walking in the Ocean in Viral Video

A video of two male lions paddling in the ocean has gone viral, with nearly eight million views on Twitter, resulting in comparisons to the movie Madagascar and jokes about the lions watching out for a full-grown 800-pound tuna with his 20 or 30 friends.

The 15-second clip sees the pair of lions looking out to the horizon while a wave crashes against their legs. One, and then the other, slowly turns and begins walking through the shallow water.

The video was initially posted to Reddit, and while it is unclear where the video was filmed, there is speculation that these are pet lions in Dubai. A similar video was circulating in 2018, which also saw two male lions on the beach—except these were on leashes.

Despite it being illegal to keep wild animals as pets in the United Arab Emirates, it is suspected that these lions are pets.

However, without knowing the potential context behind the video, Twitter users were quick to joke about the strange sight, with plenty of sea lion jokes among others.

Some made comparisons to the movie Madagascar, as one Twitter user responded to the original poster who said they had never seen lions on the beach before and said: "What do you mean you haven't seen it before?? Haven't you heard of Alex 'The king of New York'?

Others referenced the scene from The Other Guys movie in which Will Ferrell explains to Mark Wahlberg how he would defeat him if he were a tuna fish and if Wahlberg were a lion.

One Twitter user quoted the movie and said: "Watch out for a full-grown 800-pound tuna and his 20 or 30 friends with their series of breathing apparatus made out of kelp."

Though the context behind the video is unclear, it is unlikely that these are wild lions who are walking in the ocean of their own accord, and it is more likely that they are illegally kept pets.

As Ferrell's character says in The Other Guys, "lions don't like water," so even though lions can swim, it is unlikely that they would be paddling in the sea for fun. Ecologist Christiaan Winterbach told Animal Planet: "Lions are not known as swimmers in the sense that they don't do it daily.

"They're not like tigers, which love to go into the water to cool down. But when they're faced with a river, they will cross it if they need to."

Lions watch visitors from their enclosure on the opening day of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC on July 24, 2020, after it closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in March. A video of two lions walking in the ocean has gone viral on Twitter, producing plenty of sea lion jokes. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty
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