21 February 2009

White lion

When I saw this photo, I thought it was a picture of a toy. I don't have time to blog the details today; if you're interested, you can read about white lions at Wikipedia. A couple items to note:
  • Like the leucistic alligator I featured earlier this week, this is another white animal that is NOT an albino. The whiteness in lions is caused by a recessive gene for a color inhibitor.
  • They are not common in nature because the whiteness serves as a selective disadvantage during hunting.
  • They have been considered divine by local aboriginal populations.
Photo credit here, via.

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