By Jamie Smith

A cheeky lion has been caught grinning from ear to ear – moments before mating with a female.

Photographer, Václav Šilha, 55, witnessed the moment while visiting Maasai Mara National Reserve, in Kenya.

Pic by Vclav ilha/Caters News

The photos shows the male lion preparing to mate the female with a huge smile across his face.

Václav, who is sharing his images for the first time, added: “I like my photos to capture some interaction.

“Whether among animals, nature or advancing civilisation.

Pic by Vclav ilha/Caters News 

“As soon as the female is ready to mate, she would raise her tail and provoke him by rubbing him or crawling at his feet.

“The male follows her impatiently, for the female leaves behind a strong odour.

“This lasts for three to five days in females, and during this time the pair are able to mate up to 200 times.

“Although mating itself takes only a few seconds, it is repeated about every 20 minutes.”