Skip Nav
Cats
7 Surefire Signs You're a Card-Carrying Member of the Cat Lady Club
Cats
Cat With No Eyes Picks His Own Best Friend From the Shelter
Humor
These Photos of Cats Posing Like Pinup Girls Are the Greatest Thing to Happen to the Internet

Between the (White) Lions

I loooove baby animals so my jaw practically dropped when I saw these rare beauties. Check out the four white lion cubs that were recently bred and born at the Mogo Zoo. Located in Australia, it has an internationally-renowned breeding program now with a pride of 16 white lions . . . and is the only zoo in the country to exhibit the species. The four babes seen here with young keeper Noah Monor are Lika (front) and (from left) Tahba, Makulu, and Apple. White lions get their coloring – or lack thereof – due to a recessive gene. Learn what it is (hint: it's not albinism) when you

.

Leucism is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin. The recessive gene, leucism, causes a loss of pigmentation in the lions' fur and skin but their eyes and paw pads are the same as traditionally-colored lions. These animals are so rare that they haven't been observed in the wild for over 12 years – in fact, in 1995, the global population of white lions was a mere 10!

Source

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
aphaziak aphaziak 8 years
wow they are just breathtaking... how I wish I grew up on a zoo!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Wow they are beautiful! I'm so jealous of those keepers that get to play with them!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
So pretty!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww they are so cute! I love white lions (and tigers)!
wren1 wren1 8 years
Gorgeous creatures. Keep them going!! :)
runnergeek runnergeek 8 years
wow..they are beautiful!
Best Pet Rescue Stories 2016
Gorilla Adopts Kittens | Video
Laughing Fox Vine
What Is a Quokka?
Baby Bear Kissing Deer GIF
Spot the Differences Between Leopards, Jaguars, and Cheetahs
Owl Imitates Stuffed Animal | Video

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds