In a Hungarian zoo was born a rare white lion cub

В венгерском зоопарке родился редкий белый львенок

В венгерском зоопарке родился редкий белый львенок

In a Hungarian zoo was born a rare white lion cub

In the wild were only 11 individuals of this painting.

May 28, 2019 at 11:08

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In the zoo of the Hungarian city of Szeged lives a couple of white lions who successfully continue their descent. The first Hatchling female named Nadia (Nadja) and her partner Tymbou (Timba) appeared at the end of 2017. The baby was given the nickname ‘ Amali (Amali).

May 15, 2019, there appeared another daughter of a white couple – Sonia (Sonja). At birth she weighed 1.5 kg, and to-date have already doubled their weight. The cubs are born blind and helpless, a few days later they start to crawl, and then opened their eyes. Breast milk babies eat up to 7 months.

Sonia is not an albino: among the lions found a similar color, due to a genetic trait – laicismo. In the wild these animals are a lure for poachers, and lions can become prey to other predators: hyenas or leopards. In the past in South Africa and other parts of Africa was quite a lot of white lions but now there are only 11. However, about 300 of their descendants living in zoos around the world: a recessive gene responsible for the partial loss of pigmentation can be transmitted through many generations.

Parents Sony, too, are the white lions, while they have different ancestry. Nadia was born in Serbia, Timba in France. The Szeged zoo participates in the international program for the conservation of white lions and two babies in two years is a vivid evidence of its implementation.

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