In Nantong Forest Safari Park in Jiangsu region, eastern China a set of white lion cubs was brought recently. Their new and adorable residents are all male and perfectly healthy.
The beautiful cubs were born in November, the stuff is going to take care of them till they grow a bit and are strong enough to stay with the rest of the lions who live there.
It’s very known that white lions are very rare animals. Their unique appearence is caused from a diceased called leucism. Leucism is a bit different from albinism since with leucism the animals have only a partial lose of pigmentation.
Unfortunately, these wonderful creatures are not only rare, but also extremely threatened.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, the white lions are an extremely endangered sub-species, with only 13 individuals left in the wild.
While it’s hard to predict how many of these gorgeous wild cats are living in captivity, reports indicate there are around 300 all over the world, writes natureknows.org.
So when a white lion is born than it’s a blessing!
Even their numbers suffer major declining, the white lions are not yet recognized as an own species, therefore they are not protected by law.
“The White Lions are listed as Panthera leo, which is classified as ‘Vulnerable,’ meaning they may become threatened with extinction in the future, unless trade is closely controlled,” the Global White Lion Protection Trust website reads.
“The White Lion gene needs to be researched, understood and protected, as a matter of urgency.”
Watch the beautiful video below!