Вт. Июн 18th, 2024

A genetic mutation was the reason why these gorgeous and rare creatures obtained white color.

Extremely rare white lion quadruplets are born healthy at Safari Park

The mutation is called leucism. It is a recessive condition that causes the change of fur color.

It is close to albinism, but it’s not as extreme. During this type of mutation, an animal doesn’t change the color of his lips or eyes. They remain the same.

Extremely rare white lion quadruplets are born healthy at Safari Park

In nature, there are less than 13 remaining white lions and 300 of them live in captivity.

What are the chances that four of these very rare, gorgeous creatures were born at the same time?

Extremely rare white lion quadruplets are born healthy at Safari Park

And it’s no wonder that people fell in love with the photographs when they were posted on social media.

All four adorable cubs turned out to be males. And their health is in excellent condition.

Extremely rare white lion quadruplets are born healthy at Safari Park

However, white lions are not recognized as separate species. They are not classified as an endangered species, either. Therefore, they are not legally protected.

They are classified as “vulnerable”, which means that they are close to extinction in the future unless trade is strictly restricted.

Extremely rare white lion quadruplets are born healthy at Safari Park

The White Lion gene must be researched, understood, and safeguarded as quickly as possible.