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.