Extremely rare white lion meets public at Iraqi zoo

Le Yu
By Le Yu
June 29, 2017World News
Extremely rare white lion meets public at Iraqi zoo

Iraq’s rare white lion came outside before its first birthday. Handlers only let it out for two hours a day, to protect it. When it turns three, it will stay out of its enclosure longer.

This time it ran around with a friend, wrestled, and snacked on a dead bird.

The mother is expected to give birth to another white lion. White lions are caused by a genetic mutation. They come from the Timbavati and Kruger National Park areas of southern Africa.

They were considered technically extinct for 12 years, before a reintroduction of the limited population into the wild.

The 2003 war decimated Iraq’s animal population. So this rare white lion is kept under close watch.

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