Lions are known as the kings of the jungle, but with their cubs the fierce predators can be as gentle as kittens. These 13-week-old white lion cubs nuzzled their father at Zoo de La Flèche in La Flèche, France, on Aug. 15. Of the 500 white lions in the world the majority are found in captivity. Experts used to believe that white lions, whose coloring is the result of a recessive genetic mutation, could not survive in the wild because of their inability to camouflage themselves. In the past decade, successful efforts have been made to reintroduce the breed to its natural habitat in South Africa.
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