Animals Video

By Jack Mobley

Rare footage captured a white lion cub walking through Kruger National Park, one of only 15 left in the wild.

The incredibly rare sighting was captured on video and in pictures by Ramsay Horton while visiting the Kruger, South Africa, in December 2018.

The clip shows a small family of lions with two lionesses leading a litter of cubs through a dried-up riverbed and the white lion trotting through the sand.

It appears that the mother and her cubs were not a part of a pride of a larger number of lions but the feisty felines seem in a healthy condition.

Pic by Ramsay Horton/Caters News

Pictures show the cubs relaxing and white lion playing with their siblings in an extraordinary scene.

Ramsay said: “We were on safari and driving down a dry creek bed and there were two female lionesses with their five cubs and one of them was a very rare white lion cub.

“We were all so shocked as they are so rare and we had heard rumours about there being one in the area.

“Everyone was just silent and taking it in while the tracker was whispering interring information about them.

Pic by Ramsay Horton/Caters News

“We were with them for 10-15 minutes while they were playing around and then eventually one of the adults decided it was time to move on as some monkeys had seen them and started to ‘alarm’ which is where they make loud noises to let other animals know danger is near.”

These lions get their white complexion from a mutated gene that ordinary lions can carry dormant.

Mistaken for albino, these lions are just white in the appearance and do not carry any other resemblances to the red-eyed creatures.

Pic by Ramsay Horton/Caters News

Due to the rare nature of the white lion, poachers attempt to capture and kill them for profit.

Ramsay continued: “White lion cubs are not albino; they possess a rare genetic combination.

“People should be careful to post photos and videos during sightings as the embedded GPS info can be used by poachers.”