The lion is an intelligent, strong and very dangerous predator, a storm of deserts and savannas. This beautiful and proud animal many of us associate with the king of beasts, which evokes fear in everyone, but he is not afraid of anyone. We are used to seeing these muscular big cats with a red mane and golden hair, but more and more photos with dark animals have been appearing lately. The black lion looks strange, so many people are wondering: is this a real beast or a skillful work of photoshop?
You should not think that only lionesses and lions with a reddish coloration exist in their natural habitat, in the savannas you can often see predators with a former mane and skin, there are also cats with beige wool and blue eyes. Nature sometimes rewards animals with the most unimaginable colors and shades. All this is due to genetic mutations. If there are leucists and albinos, then why can not there be such a thing as a black lion?
Albinism is opposed to melanism, so it is likely that there may be both white and dark animals. Scientists from different countries amicably disprove the fact that a black lion exists. In their opinion, this is not possible at the genetic level, but in terms of survival. Specialists in mutations explain that dark-colored individuals did not survive even during evolution, so now you can not even hope that a dark lion will appear. Even if we assume that he is born in the wild, then most likely the animal will not survive.
The black lion suffers from a violation of thermoregulation, it has a lowered immunity, and there are some difficulties with hunting. If an animal is born in captivity, then people will help it survive, but in its natural habitat it has almost no chance. Despite the fact that scientists have answered the question in detail, stating their own point of view, many people still ask themselves: "Do black lions exist?" and "Where can I see them?".
Cryptozoologists disagree with researchers, they believe that dark individuals can still be found in the wild. In confirmation of their point of view, there were reports from the African continent, namely from the area of Okovango, and from Persia that they saw black lions. Both territories have similarities in one thing - they are covered with stunted trees and shrubs. Such a landscape allows predators with dark hair to hide from the scorching sun and hide while hunting.
A whole pride of dark lions was found in Okovango, but they cannot be called black. They differ from usual big cats in a dark brown color. Scientists do not recognize that this is a consequence of melanism, but converge on the thoughts of closely related crossing. This color is fixed, because predators live in the forest.
The black lion is by far the dream of cryptozoologists. They believe that there are dark individuals in the African bush or savanna, but so far no one can find them. If a melanist lion had been found, then it would be easier for researchers to study the evolution of a species. Scientists can only hope that a black miracle will ever be born in a zoo.