A white lion cub

A white lion cub

A white lion cub. White lion cubs exist, but they are rare. Because they can be born only if both parents possess a recessive mutation in a gene that makes colored pigments called melanins. 17 births have been recorded in five different prides between 2007 and 2015. On March 5, 2018, a white lion cub has been seen at the Ngala Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Technically, these animals are considered leucistic, not albino, because they have some pigment in certain areas, such as the eyes. White lions are also exceptionally rare to see fully grown in the wild; most of the white lion cubs don’t reach adulthood. A lion’s usual tawny color helps it blend into tall grasses and other vegetation. The animals also hunt at night, when a white lion would stand out even more.

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