The “Lion whisperer” Kevin richardson.
I just want to say a few things about this photo set and Kevin Richardson. His interactions are strictly with captive-born lions- but this does NOT make it safe or responsible. This interaction should not encourage or condone contact with big cats. Captive-born big cats are not domesticated, nor are they safer to touch or interact with. This should NOT make you want a pet lion, tiger or other big cat. Petting schemes are inhumane and exhibits of animal cruelty for strictly monetary purposes.
Another thing- the white lions pictured with Richardson are inbred- which is visible in the facial proportions of the Lion. All captive bred white lions are inbred. Because the instances of Lions expressing albanism in the wild is so low- Zoos and other exotic animal breeders purposely cross-breed related albino big cats to create more white offspring. The possibility of a natural white lion is 1 in over 100,000. Negative health effects are always expressed in the offspring of inbred organisms; including but not limited to poor vision, crossed-eyes, drooping eyes and ears, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. This is a detrimental practice that contributes to the exploitation of exotic cats worldwide- which in turn leads to their extinction.
Please do not support petting schemes, pay-to-play schemes, or the breeding of white lions. These images are certainly interesting- but should not condone either behaviors.
…… I really just thought the photos were neat looking, I wasn’t getting the urge to run out an play with a lion. But I understand. Warning labels are for the idiots.
The inbreeding part sucks. Wish they wouldn’t do that.