Despite it being 2020, we still see people running around, murdering defenseless animals and calling it a “sport,” an act that leaves many animals in danger of becoming extinct.
But, there has been some good news, as 4 extremely rare white lion cubs have been born and you’ll soon be able to meet them…
For those who don’t know, trophy hunting is the killing of wild animals for human pleasure. Some even refer to it as a “sport.”
The animals are often bred in captivity and are released into a fenced-off area where they are cornered in and gunned down by hunters.
Across Africa, there are hundreds of breeding facilities that churn out thousands of innocent animals to be hunted.
The animals involved are habituated from an early age, often through being hand-reared and bottle-fed, so that they are no longer naturally fearful of people, making them easy targets for a rifle or bow when it comes to the hunt.
Because here in the U.S. deer hunting is the most extreme that regulated and legal animal hunting will get.
For the big “macho” hunters out there, deers are seen as child’s play; many hunters want to take on larger, more dangerous animals to feed their habit.
Keen hunters have been known to fork out tens of thousands of dollars just to corner an innocent and frightened animal and shoot it dead.
What kind of satisfaction they get from it, we will never know.
That makes trophy hunting a booming business.
The industry employs ranchers, outfitters, professional hunters, gun manufacturers, and taxidermists alike.
The hunters claim that they’re helping to fund “conservation efforts” with the money that they pay to hunt.
Back in January 2014, Corey Knowlton from Dallas, bid $350,000 for a permit to hunt and kill a then-endangered black rhino in Namibia.
“I felt like from day one it was something benefiting the black rhino,” Knowlton told CNN. “Being on this hunt, with the amount of criticism it brought and the amount of praise it brought from both sides, I don’t think it could have brought more awareness to the black rhino.”
The Black Rhino is now fully extinct, with poaching and hunting being the primary factors to the species’ decline.
As 4 extremely rare white lion cubs have been born.
Despite being born just over a month ago, the cubs are said to be growing quickly.
The group has also been pictured playing and eating meat together.
As the zoo also welcomed 4 other white lion cubs back in May.
And, of course, extremely cute.
According to Live Science, white lions are actually the same species as African Lions.
According to National Geographic, they are uncommon because it only occurs if both parents possess a recessive mutation in a gene that makes colored pigments called melanins.
“As with all young animals born in the wild, babies are especially vulnerable to predation,” the Mirror reported.
The Mirror reports that the cubs will soon be able to meet the public for the first time.
As tourists visiting the zoo on Saturday will be able to see them.
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