Tiger Creek sanctuary debuts 2-month-old African lion cub to the public

Tiger Creek sanctuary debuts 2-month-old African lion cub to the public

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary debuted its newest member to the public on Thursday: a 13-pound, 2-month-old African lion cub named Luna.

When Luna is fully grown, her caretakers said she should weigh a whopping 350 lbs., but because she's so young, right now she's still bottle-fed about every 3 to 4 hours.

Luna was rescued from a canned facility, which breeds animals to later be hunted as trophies.

A Tiger Creek Zookeeper says White African Lions typically live longer in captivity because the color of their fur can be an obstacle.

"Well it affects their lives because as youngsters they're going to be less camouflaged. They're going to be picked off by other predators," said Tim Gano with the Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary.

The white fur is a caused when both parents carry a recessive gene.

Luna doesn't live in her outside enclosure just yet, but Tiger Creek visitors can still view her daily during her bottle feedings at 10 am or 1 pm.

If you'd like to learn more about the Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary and their mission to protect endangered species in the United States and worldwide. please visit their website.

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