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...
Warning: We must warn you that this article contains some disturbing images.
via: GettyFor 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.
These animals are actually bred to be hunted.
via: GettyAcross 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.
This is the main reason that many travel abroad to hunt.
via: ShutterstockBecause 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.
Though partaking in the sport comes with a hefty price tag.
via: ShutterstockKeen 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.
The average price to hunt a lion in Africa is around $20,000, while an elephant can cost as much as $40,000.
via: GettyThat makes trophy hunting a booming business. The industry employs ranchers, outfitters, professional hunters, gun manufacturers, and taxidermists alike.
Some hunters try to justify their spending...
via: GettyThe hunters claim that they're helping to fund "conservation efforts" with the money that they pay to hunt.
Some hunters claim to help endangered species with their hunting.
via: Getty ImagesBack 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."
And guess what?
via: ShuterstockThe Black Rhino is now fully extinct, with poaching and hunting being the primary factors to the species' decline.
No one will ever see a Black Rhino ever again because these hunters couldn't help but pull a trigger.
via: Getty ImagesWow.
This year has brought some positive news for one breed of rare animal, though.As 4 extremely rare white lion cubs have been born.
The quadruplets were born early last month at the Nantong Forest Wildlife Zoo in Nantong, in eastern China's Jiangsu province.
via: Getty ImagesDespite being born just over a month ago, the cubs are said to be growing quickly.
The zoo released footage of the cubs where staff at the park can be seen holding and playing with them.
via: Getty ImagesThe group has also been pictured playing and eating meat together.
That's not the only birth this year, though...
via: Getty ImagesAs the zoo also welcomed 4 other white lion cubs back in May.
These are births that may come as a surprise as white lions are extremely rare.
via: Getty ImagesAnd, of course, extremely cute.
So, you might be wondering how they get their coloring. Well...
via: Getty ImagesAccording to Live Science, white lions are actually the same species as African Lions.
White lions or blonde lions, gain their coloring due to a recessive mutant gene.
via: Getty ImagesAccording 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.
Lyle Bruce McCabe, a field guide at the Ngala Private Game Reserve in South Africa, said: "They are exceptionally rare to see fully grown in the wild; however, we think more are born that don’t reach adulthood."
via: Getty Images"As with all young animals born in the wild, babies are especially vulnerable to predation," the Mirror reported.
And now there's more exciting news...
via: Getty ImagesThe Mirror reports that the cubs will soon be able to meet the public for the first time.
In fact, the meeting is just days away.
via: Getty ImagesAs tourists visiting the zoo on Saturday will be able to see them.
How adorable are they!
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