In recent days two glorified pictures of a black lion are doing the rounds on almost each and every social networking website.

I also got attracted to the pictures because they were uploaded with a caption: “Only one black lion left in the world.”

But reality is a bit different. According to mainstream zoology, black lions simply do not exist. If they did, and were wholly black in colour, they would most probably be melanistic specimens, i.e. increased amount of dark pigments in the body. So, basically the photographs that have been circulating online are not a major discovery, they are nothing more than photo - shopped images.

But what about real black lions? People have reported some sightings from different parts of the world but nothing has been confirmed till date. Researchers still believe that no such creature subsists in the world.

SANA MALIK Karachi

Updated Dec 04, 2012 12:12am

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Comments (2) (Closed)


Ara
Dec 04, 2012 11:30pm
Why do you leave aside mutations. If white Bengal tigers can be produced by the normal Bengal tigers, then why not a black lion by the normal lions, by mutation. Go and read some biological mutations. On your level, I would suggest ask sheikh Google. I am not joking, it is a good source of knowledge, for common day stuff.
sturkman
Dec 05, 2012 06:23pm
White Tigers are Common and that's not Mutation. Its Environmental because they failed to get as dark and colorful in Cold snowed White Russian Siberia as they get in Hot and Humid Bengal. Black Lions would be a new Phenomena. Turning Black Mutation is only common in Chicken Hens. One in a ten million can turn out to be Black. Black Mutations are not common. We can not find, Black Moose, Antelope, Deer, Elephant, Hyena, Wolf etc.