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White Lion Cubs

By challicew
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?

Tags: General Close-up and macro White lion Lion cubs Wildlife and nature

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Comments


Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
10 Feb 2009 6:21AM
Interesting Yes! These cubs are so adorable. Wonderful capture of them.

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iancam 8 23 England
10 Feb 2009 6:53AM
Lovely image
Ian
VIKI 10 18 1 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 6:59AM
Beautiful and interesting write up too!
10 Feb 2009 7:18AM
Such a stunning shot. So well timed.
Scott
MRSbiscuit60 8 224 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 7:33AM
Superb shot. Trish
Ray42 8 3 England
10 Feb 2009 7:38AM
Very good shot
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
10 Feb 2009 8:23AM
Interesting information and excellent image Challice. Ron.
10 Feb 2009 9:14AM
What a beautiful capture.
Dave
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1515 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 9:29AM
I sense that they know they're special...
Moira
shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 10:23AM
Wonderful image
Alexa
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
10 Feb 2009 11:10AM
Stunning capture of stunning animals .... beautiful
dianah 10 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 4:34PM
What a superb shot..the composition is excellent.
Di
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
10 Feb 2009 7:14PM
Great image

Stace
Borzos 8
10 Feb 2009 7:17PM
Awww, sweet!!
Edina
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
11 Feb 2009 6:39AM
superb
BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
11 Feb 2009 10:47AM
Lovely shot and interesting to read.
Well done. Very cute at this age !

B.
RTDS 8 Cyprus
11 Feb 2009 6:32PM
Cute fellas...great capture of these lions.
Robert
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
15 Feb 2009 8:57PM
they are so cute.lesley

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