A rare and adorable white lion cub was recently spotted playing with its tawny siblings in South Africa’s renowned Kruger National Park. Photos show the unique cub snuggling with its mother and frolicking in the sand.
Unlike albinism, the cub’s white fur is caused by leucism, which results in partial pigmentation loss. While leucism can lead to white fur or feathers, it doesn’t affect an animal’s eyes.
Wildlife photographer Lyle McCabe, 30, captured the extraordinary sighting. He explained that they had been aware of the cubs’ birth a month earlier but had kept their distance to ensure the animals’ safety.
McCabe’s friends, family, and fellow guides expressed amazement, excitement, and even envy at the rare sighting.
Despite its unique appearance, the white lion cub was treated the same as its siblings. However, McCabe notes that the cub might face challenges in the future.
Survival past the crucial two-year mark is essential for all the cubs. Still, the white lion cub’s distinctive coat could make hunting difficult and potentially hinder its siblings’ chances of survival.
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