Belgrade Zoo Boasts Newly-Born White Lions

By Kremena Krumova
Kremena Krumova
Kremena Krumova
Kremena Krumova is a Sweden-based Foreign Correspondent of Epoch Times. She writes about African, Asian and European politics, as well as humanitarian, anti-terrorism and human rights issues.
December 17, 2008 Updated: October 1, 2015

Two rare white lion cubs were born this week at the Belgrade Zoo.    (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)
Two rare white lion cubs were born this week at the Belgrade Zoo. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)
SOFIA, Bulgaria—Two rare white lions were born last Tuesday at Belgrade Zoo in the capital of Serbia, AFP reported.

“Mother Masa is a white lioness while father is a ‘regular’ type lion”, Zoo Manager Vuk Bojovic said. White lions are peculiar for the Timbavati region of South Africa (in the ancient Shangaan language the name means "the place where something sacred came down to earth")

Science says that they neither represent a separate type of species, nor are albino animals, as they have white fur and golden eyes (albinos are red-eyed).

African people consider lions of this sort a living national treasure and attribute to them magical powers.

According to a research in 2004, there are only 40 of them left in the African wild.

Kremena Krumova
Kremena Krumova
Kremena Krumova is a Sweden-based Foreign Correspondent of Epoch Times. She writes about African, Asian and European politics, as well as humanitarian, anti-terrorism and human rights issues.