It’s not the sort of friendship you expect to see out in the African bush.

But this gentle lion was spotted making friends with a delicate butterfly at a wildlife park in Botswana.The brave butterfly swoops in and lands on the lion’s paw as he washes himself in the afternoon sunshine and the lion seems very attached to his new friend.

The adorable pictures were captured by Kobus Swart, 46, from Pretoria, South Africa, while on a camping holiday with his wife and some friends.He said: “The lion was busy with an intensive grooming session, washing himself from top to bottom.

“At one stage while he was licking his paw this butterfly landed on his paw, presumably looking for some moisture.

The adult lion with the delicate butterfly resting on his paw 

“He had been fluttering around the lion for a few minutes, and seemed to be looking for a chance to land somewhere safe on the lion.“It was just there for a couple of minutes the lion just looked at it intensely, he could have eaten it with one quick bite. “When it flew away he actually seemed to be upset, it’s like they formed a really cute friendship.

The lion is not happy that the butterfly has left its paw

The lion is sad that the butterfly has left its paw

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