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White Lion
Leucistic white lions owe their colouring to a recessive allele. Note the eyes and lips remain the normal colour.

Leucism is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin.

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