Rare white lion cubs born in Spanish animal reserve

The two five-day-old male and female white lion cubs were transferred on Friday (October 29) into a special room to control their feeding in Jimena de la Frontera, a mountain village in the Andalusia region.

According to the Global White Lion Protection Trust, the animals are not albinos but "a genetic rarity" of the Greater Timbavati area in South Africa's Krueger National Park. Their parents are common African lions.

They are classified as Panthera Leo, which means they are not recognized by current scientific labelling as being 'different' and are therefore not protected by law, according to the organization.

This means they can be hunted or traded to extinction despite there being fewer than 13 white lions living in the wild in their natural habitat.

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