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  • Kathy Kline

    A Rare Black Lion; isn't he gorgeous! to see such a rare animal would be beautiful.... God is amazing look what nature he gave us to admire...

  • Amy Bosma

    WOW!!!! Pretty Kittie!!! rare black lion. http://media-cdn7.pinterest.com/upload/242350023667951793_fA2DTtUd_f.jpg martykoenig dogs cats kiddos

  • Emily Porter

    A rare black lion Beautiful

  • Sophia Smith

    A rare black lion. My understanding is that almost all large cats have a recessive black, or melanistic, trait. That's why you have black panthers, which are usually melanistic leopards or sometimes melanistic tigers. It is also why there are black jaguars, as opposed to those with spotted coats. The melanistic trait in lions is simply more rare than in other types of large cats.| My god he's absolutely gorgeous!

  • Miranda Manuel

    A rare black lion. My understanding is that almost all large cats have a recessive black, or melanistic, trait. That's why you have black panthers, which are usually melanistic leopards or sometimes melanistic tigers. It is also why there are black jaguars, as opposed to those with spotted coats. The melanistic trait in lions is simply more rare than in other types of large cats. He reminds me of "Scar" off the lion king!

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A rare black lion. My understanding is that almost all large cats have a recessive black, or melanistic, trait. That's why you have black panthers, which are usually melanistic leopards or sometimes melanistic tigers. It is also why there are black jaguars, as opposed to those with spotted coats. The melanistic trait in lions is simply more rare than in other types of large cats.

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