Rare white African lion born at Texas zoo
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 4:28 PM



The white lion cub is just a few days old.

(Photo: Ellen Trout Zoo, Facebook)

An African lion was born at a Texas zoo last week looking much different than usual – it was white.

Ellen Trout Zoo staffers discovered the cub July 15 and were surprised at its color (or lack thereof).

According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, albinism and melanism are rare in lions. White lions, not albinos, only appear naturally in one area of the world, and there are less than 13 living in their natural habitat, according to the Global White Lion Protection Trust.

Celia Falzone, a zoo curator, also found out white cubs are uncommon in accredited zoos.

But, this cub might not remain white. There was another white lion born in a accredited American zoo years ago that turned to normal coloration at six months old.

"Will this lion remain white? Only time will tell but everyone at the Ellen Trout Zoo is thrilled at the birth and are happy mother and cub appear to be doing so well," the zoo said in a Facebook post.

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