The male lion was born in Baghdad's Al Zawra
zoo, the first to be born in the country. Officials said the
lion's mother is pregnant again, and are hopeful that the new
arrival will also be a white lion.
"We expect that another birth of a white lion or cub will occur
from this mother and father themselves, as they bear the same
genes which is whiteness", Seif Taufiq, a lion and tiger trainer
at the zoo said.
"God willing, one hundred percent, it will give birth to a white
lion or cub," he added.
White lions are a genetic mutation unique to the Timbavati and
Kruger National Park areas of southern Africa and became
technically extinct for at least 12 years until being
reintroduced to the wild in 2004.
There are believed to be fewer than 13 white lions left in the
wild and only up to 300 in captivity, according to the Global
White Lion Protection trust.
The zoo, whose animal population was decimated during the 2003
war, allows visitors to see the white lion for two hours a day.
(Reporting by Mohammed Kaftan, writing by Mark Hanrahan in
London Editing by Jeremy Gaunt.)
[© 2017 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2017 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.