The majestic white lion is an extremely rare animal that is affected by a genetic mutation leaving it with its stunning white fur.
Their unusual white coat is down to a recessive trait called leucism, which is similar to albinism but not as extreme. Leucism means the animal loses a part of its pigment while its eyes and lips remain the same.
There are currently less than 13 white lions living in the wild and less than 300 of them living in captivity.
Four of these ultra-rare adorable little balls of fur were all born at the same time, what are the odds!
So it’s no surprise that when the images were shared on social media, the internet fell in love.
All four of these ultra-rare and ultra-adorable babies were announced to be male. In the photos released on social media, the cubs are seen eating and playing around with each other.
Unique and adorable little balls of fur
The cub are perfectly healthy and growing fast.
There are less than 13 white lions living in the wild and less than 300 living in captivity
The Global White Lion Protection Trust doesn’t currently recognize white lions as a separate species. Because of that, despite being so rare, they aren’t considered to be an endangered species, therefore these animals aren’t protected by law.
The white lion isn’t considered to be an endangered animal, despite being so rare
“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 White Lion gene needs to be researched, understood and protected, as a matter of urgency.”