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White desert lion Kelly & Kimba


The fate of the white lions females Kelly and Kimba
it wasn't exactly happy

Kelly and Kimba were born in Slovakia in private captivity to white parents, where they were rejected by their lioness mother and they spent most of the day most probably in a plastic container.
We took them into our care as month old cubs and we cared for them 24/7. It was a difficult period, because such small cubs don't know anything, don't know how to eat by themselves or how to relieve themselves. They loved milk from the bottle and they drank it for the longest out of all the cubs.
We recognize them by their eyes becouse Kelly was squinting (this defect also occurs in other species in a genetic mutation).

White lions carry the gene that causes the white color. Although they are white, they are not albinism. This phenomenon is technically called leucism. We speak of leucism when an animal has normally pigmented eyes, lips or feet, but not fur. The cubs of "white" lions are born completely white and their fur acquires a darker shade to a creamy color with age. There are few of them in the wild or rather Kruger National Park in Africa and they are bred in captivity due to their interesting coloration.

In nature, they have little chance of survival, because white-colored lions are too conspicuous - they become prey to other predators (especially vultures and hyenas), adults would not be able to disguise themselves when hunting - the pale color contrasts sharply with the color of the environment and most ungulates his it registers the movement before it can approach them. In addition, rare fur is an attraction for illegal hunters.
According to the latest data, less than 300 white lions live in the world.
All are kept in zoos, especially in South Africa and the USA.

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