Ultra Rare White Lion Cub Captured in the Wild Being a Normal Pup


These stunning photos which were taken in the famous Kruger National Park show an incredibly rare white lion cub playing with its golden siblings.

Family fun-time: The incredibly rare white lion cub could be seen playing with its siblings under its mother's watchful gaze in the famous in Kruger National Park in South Africa

The amazing shots were taken by Lyle McCabe, a 30-year-old wildlife photographer who said:

“I was absolutely mind blown with this sighting. We had known the cubs had been born about a month before but as per company protocol we had moved away from the area for walking, tracking, and driving off-road in order to ensure the safety of the animals.”

Hands-on parenting: The mother has grabbed one of the white cub's siblings by its neck and is carrying it in her mouth

“I arrived at the spot and waited about ten minutes before we saw movement in the thicket, and out came the mother with a tawny youngster in her mouth followed closely behind by the pale youngster.”

Rare beast: The cub is leucistic, a genetic condition which is often confused with albinism

“My family and friends have been overwhelmed by what I saw. The other guides I work with felt a mixture of excitement and deep jealousy.”

Little leo: Leucism only causes partial loss of pigmentation, and while an affected animal can have completely white fur like this little cub, it does not affect the eyes

The small white lion is leucistic, a condition similar to albinism but it only causes partial loss of pigmentation rather than a complete loss.

Where are you going: Mother lion can be seen keeping a close eye on her cubs as they play on nearby rocks

The cub was treated no differently despite its appearance, although it may face some problems in the future.


“We are all hopeful that all of the cubs will make it past the critical two-year mark which will increase their percentage of survival greatly.”

“Hopefully we will have many more sightings of this very rare genetic change. The road ahead will be a tough one for all the cubs but especially for this bright white youngster.”

Give me a break: In one of the follow-up snaps, she has seemingly decided she has had enough and has laid down for a nap

“He will not only make things hard on himself when it comes to hunting in his white coat, but there is also the chance that he may hinder his siblings’ chances of survival by giving their position away, either at the den sight or hunting alongside the rest of the pride.”


Written by Joe Kahlo

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