White lions are extremely rare species with only about a dozen in the entire world.
The authorities of Ghana are investigating a death of a man who was mauled by a lion. A middle-aged man allegedly climbed into an enclosure in the national capital, Accra, reports BBC. He died of his injuries on 29th September, according to the officials. It is suspected that he planned to steal two rare white lion cubs which have been a center of attention since they were born last year in November. The man's body was taken retrieved from the enclosure and taken to a local morgue.
Patrolling security guards saw the intruder climbing over a towering fence in an effort to access the enclosure, which houses a lion, a lioness, and two lion cubs, about midday on Sunday, reports Nature World News. Police have launched an inquiry to determine the intruder's motivation and the circumstances surrounding the incident. According to officials, the intruder scaled a 10-foot barrier before going over a 20-foot fence to gain access to the lions' cage.
Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Benito Owusu Bio told the media, "The lions have cubs so if you come too close they may feel you are trying to take away their babies. We ask the public to desist from doing anything like this."
The cubs, who were born after breeding between a male and female lion with recessive features termed as leucism, which differs from albinism, have been great attractions for zoo visitors. Lions are one of the most popular animal attractions at Accra Zoo, which is located in Ghana's capital city of Accra's Achimota Forest. Other wild animals housed in the zoo include crocodiles, monkeys, camels, and big tortoises. While lion attacks are uncommon, they do occur in the wild and even within animal zoos and sanctuaries, as seen by the latest event at the zoo.
According to the Global White Lion Protection Trust, there are just approximately a dozen wild white lions. Lions are seldom seen in the wild in Ghana, although experts believe a tiny population may exist in the northern Mole National Park and its surrounding area.
Panthera leon, the generic categorization of lions, includes white lions. They are not albinos; they lack tawny pigmentation as a result of an uncommon disease that causes diminished pigmentation, per ThoughtCo. They have been treasured as sacred entities by tribes in southern Africa due to their distinctive appearance, but they have also been hunted to extinction in the wild. The Global White Lion Protection Trust is reintroducing them into protected regions.
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