Believe it or not Lioness the fornight struggled to deliver her cub physical disown due to traumatic delivery experience.
White King, he’s 10 days old and the zoo says he’s a real “teddy bear”. But the lioness who bore him rejected him after a traumatic birth.
Born on May 31, the cub is the first white lion born in a Spanish zoo.
Curled up in the arms of Juan Luis Malpartida, director of the Mundo Park zoo near the southern city of Seville, he’s getting no shortage of cuddles and even a bottle of milk.
“It was a bad birth,” he told media, adding that the mother, a white lioness brought over from Thailand four years ago had “laboured for 14 or 15 days before giving birth”.
And when he finally emerged, he was a hefty little fellow.
“Just imagine what she went through, I don’t know how she got him out,” says Malpartida, a 73-year-old who has spent his life surrounded by animals.