OK, this set below is a bit off theme but we thought it was interesting. Lions mate for up to 7 days straight (without eating )every 15 minutes for 20 seconds. This is called the honeymoon period. During the periods between copulation the pair may lie down next to each other or walk a short distance. The male may gently stroke the female with his tongue on the shoulder, neck or back to initiate copulation. Towards the end of copulation the male may gently bite the back of her neck (or at times not too gently). We noticed on the sessions we watched, it always ended on a rather violent exchange.