Can you imagine lions as white as polar bears? If no, then you are in for a big surprise. There are true white lions that are not albinos. These white-haired lions are believed to be natives to the Timbavati region of South Africa. They are said to have lived in this region for a very long time. But officially, the first recorded sighting of white lions happened during the latter part of the 1920s. However, these animals garnered public attention only during the 1970s, through the book named ‘The White Lions of Timbavati’, which was authored by Chris McBride.
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White lions are unique for their white coat. You may come across white variants of various animal species. They include white rabbits, white squirrels, white giraffes, etc. White coat color in animals could be due to a congenital disorder called albinism, which causes complete or partial loss of melanin in the eyes, hair and skin. Unlike albino lions, white lions have normal-colored eyes, lips, and paw pads. Just like the ordinary lions, white lions too have a golden to yellowish-brown eye color. In some rare cases, blue-colored eyes are also seen. (buzzle.com)
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