Get off me! Adorable two-month old white lion cubs captured as they play fight with each other at zoo in Japan
They’ll grow up to be kings of the jungle, but for now they’re just melting hearts.
Adorable twin white lion cubs were captured as they play fought with each other in their enclosure in Himeji Central Park Zoo, in Japan.
The twins, who were born on May 22 but are yet to be named, jostled and toyed with each but still managed to look absolutely adorable – and nowhere near as fierce as they’d probably like to.
White lions are an extremely rare colour mutation for lions. Ten years ago it was though that the animals couldn’t exist in the wild, but there are now estimated to be roughly 300 living all over the world.
Himeji has an impressive record when it comes to the rare creatures. In 2013, three white lion cubs were born at the zoo, making it the first time a white lion had been born at a zoo in western Japan.
White lions are native to only the Greater Timbavati region of South Africa, an area characterised by white sandy riverbeds and long grass scorched pale by the sun.
They are regarded as sacred animals by the people of that region, but after Europeans ‘discovered’ them in the 1970s, many were taken from the wild to captive breeding and hunting operations, according to the Global White Lion Protection Trust.
In recent years the trust has reintroduced the animals to a nature reserve within Greater Timbavati in an effort to eventually reintroduce the gene to wild lions.
Rawr! The twin pair of white lion cubs have been melting hearts since they were born at Himeji Central Park Zoo in Japan two months ago
The twins, who were born on May 22 but are yet to be named, wowed visitors but probably nowhere near as fierce as they’d like to
Let go of my tail! White lions are an extremely rare colour mutation for lions, and there are estimated to be just 300 living around the world today
The lions are native Greater Timbavati region of South Africa, an area characterised by white sandy riverbeds and long grass scorched pale by the sun
Despite the fact that white lions have been hunted and forcibly removed from their habitat since 1938, there is no special protection status for them
Himeji has an impressive record when it comes to the rare creatures. In 2013, three white lion cubs were born at the zoo
In 2014 the first white lion cubs were born at Kruger National Park in South Africa, which raised hopes the creatures may be able to survive in the long term
Aside from their white fur, there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that white lions are genetically inferior from ordinary lions
For many years white lions were regarded as sacred animals by local tribes