‘Grieving’ Kangaroo in Picture Was Actually Sexually Aroused

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – but sometimes, pictures tell deceiving stories.

For instance, what do you see when you look at these pictures? After Evan Switzer posted them on Facebook on Jan.

11, many saw an adult male kangaroo comforting a female kangaroo as she was dying.

Some even hinted that the male was holding up the female's head so she could see her joey one last time.

It's a heartwarming thought, and I'm about to ruin it for you.

A wildlife expert told "The Guardian Australia" that he had "no doubt" that this male kangaroo was actually trying to mate.

It gets worse.

Veterinary pathologist Derek Spielman says the kangaroo's attempt to mate might be what killed the female because the competition between males to mate with a female can be extremely fierce and aggressive.

Spielman called the misunderstanding of what's happening in the photos "naive anthropomorphism.

" For NewsBeat Social, I'm Molly Riehl.

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