Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nala, is that you? The maned lioness

Odd things happen in our best-known animal species. Take lions. We have white ones, black-maned ones, and the occasional maneless male.  But I've never seen this one before.  A lioness with a mane? Apparently, they are not unknown, and here are some photos.  The same touch of male hormones that result in a mane also result in infertility, which makes it interesting that the mutation keeps recurring. 

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