It’s a top cat! Lions stand on top of each other in hilarious illusion!

PIC BY JOSE FRAGOZO/MERCURY PRESS

This rare lion prides itself on being top of the pile in this hilarious illusion.

Snapper Jose Fragozo’s unique image of the maneless big cat, which he claims could be a marozi lion which has not been seen in Kenya for around 45 years, shows it appearing to stand on the back of the king of the jungle.

But in fact the top predator, photographed at the Nairobi National Park in Kenya on January 25‎, was stood on a rock just behind the other lion.

The mind-bending shot, which was taken with Canon 1DX MkI ‎and 300mm Canon lens, has fooled Jose’s fellow snappers and wildlife lovers alike after he shared the picture online.

Portuguese Jose, 51, who has lived in the Kenyan for seven weeks after making the move from South Africa, said: “I think that photo has worked well because the composition is something rare and strange.

PIC BY JOSE FRAGOZO/MERCURY PRESS 

“I think when you look at the photo at first it looks like one lion is standing on the other.

“What has happened is that one has walked and jumped up on the rock and then it has jumped off and gone away.

“But in your imagination when you look first time it does like different.

“I was about 15 to 20 metres away in the car but these lions are used to people watching them in the park so they did not react to me and I could take the photo.”

The snap is particularly special for Jose, who has been a professional photographer for more than 20 years and is also a guide, as he insisted that he had never had a potential marozi lion sighting before.

The mysterious spotted big cat is believed to be a natural hybrid between a leopard and lion and is between the size of the two animals as well as lacking a distinguishable mane.

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The last marozi lions were believed to have been seen in Kenya 40 to 50 years ago.

Jose said: “This picture means quite a lot to me because it is the first time I might have seen a marozi lion I believe, though I am just guessing and that has not been confirmed.

“Where they come from, no one is exactly sure but it is a male lion without a mane.

“I have only just moved to Kenya and it is very exciting because I have never seen anything like that before.”

PIC BY JOSE FRAGOZO/MERCURY PRESS