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Good morning all.
Many apologies for just clicking and running in the last week or 2.
A quick upload of 2 white lion cubs (only 6 weeks old) before I rush off to the Rehab for the day.
White Lions first came to the worlds attention in the '70's when they were sited at a game reserve called "Timbavati".
Contrary to popular belief they are not Albino.
Due to their rarity, all the white lions were removed from their natural habitat and sent to captive breeding/hunting programmes as well as zoos and circuses, most famously Siegfried and Roy's magic act in Las Vegas.

After more than 12 years of extinction in the wild, a programme by the Global White Lion Protection Trust to reinstate them in the wild, was undertaken. Reinstatement of a white lion pride into Timbavati area, where they first rose to fame, was done early in 2006 and seems to be a success.

The characteristics of a lion is determined by genes, and it was found that white lions are the offspring of two lions who both carry the "autosomal recessive gene". It doesn't mean all their cubs will be white, but if they don't both carry this gene, there's no chance the cubs could be white.

This also means a white female can't produce white cubs unless the male she mates with also carries the recessive gene (and vice versa).

Their behaviour is no different to that of "normal" lions, and they have the same yellow eyes as ordinary lions. They do however, lack the black tip of the tail and the black patches behind the ears.

Interesting not so?

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:White Lion Cubs
Username:challicew challicew
Uploaded:10 Feb 2009 - 6:06 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Lion cubs, White lion, Wildlife / nature
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2009 - 6:21 AM

Interesting Yes! These cubs are so adorable. Wonderful capture of them.

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iancam
iancam  5 England
10 Feb 2009 - 6:53 AM

Lovely image
Ian

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2009 - 6:59 AM

Beautiful and interesting write up too!

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motorsportpictures

Such a stunning shot. So well timed.
Scott

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MRSbiscuit60
10 Feb 2009 - 7:33 AM

Superb shot. Trish

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2009 - 7:38 AM

Very good shot

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2009 - 8:23 AM

Interesting information and excellent image Challice. Ron.

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 - 9:14 AM

What a beautiful capture.
Dave

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7404 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom987 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2009 - 9:29 AM

I sense that they know they're special...
Moira

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2009 - 10:23 AM

Wonderful image
Alexa

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
10 Feb 2009 - 11:10 AM

Stunning capture of stunning animals .... beautiful

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dianah
dianah  724474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2009 - 4:34 PM

What a superb shot..the composition is excellent.
Di

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2009 - 7:14 PM

Great image

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Borzos
Borzos  5
10 Feb 2009 - 7:17 PM

Awww, sweet!!
Edina

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photophantom
11 Feb 2009 - 6:39 AM

superb

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2009 - 10:47 AM

Lovely shot and interesting to read.
Well done. Very cute at this age !

B.

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
11 Feb 2009 - 6:32 PM

Cute fellas...great capture of these lions.
Robert

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 8:57 PM

they are so cute.lesley

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