Today’s Most Adorable: Rejected At Birth, Clara The White Lion Cub Is Adopted By Her Zoo Keepers…

After she was rejected by her mother at birth, Brazilian zoo keepers had to step up and adopt a rare white lion cub.

The two-month-old female cub, named Clara, is the first white lion to be born in captivity in Brazil.

After her mother left Clara to fend for herself, the zoo keepers at Beto Carrero World had no choice but to take over the reins. As seen in the video below, Clara is fed goat’s milk and vitamins from a bottle every few hours. (Scroll down for the video.)

1. The two-month-old female named Clara is the first white lion to be born in captivity in Brazil.

Rejected By Her Mother At Birth, This Rare White Lion Cub Is Adopted By Zoo Keepers.

2. Zoo keepers at Beto Carrero World have taken over the reins from the mother and are caring for the lion cub.

Rejected By Her Mother At Birth, This Rare White Lion Cub Is Adopted By Zoo Keepers.

Clara has been allocated her own private section where she can relax in the country’s sunshine, safely away from the other animals.

The cub’s carers plan to reintroduce her to the rest of the pack when she is six-months-old.

For now, however, they are enjoying playing with the animal with a number of toys, including ropes and dog bones.

3. Beto Carrero World welcomes a rare white lion cub.

4. Zoo keepers are enjoying interacting with the animal with a number of toys, including ropes and dog bones.

Rejected By Her Mother At Birth, This Rare White Lion Cub Is Adopted By Zoo Keepers.

White lions are not albino, as popular belief holds, nor are they a separate subspecies.

Their white color is caused by a recessive trait, derived from a less-severe mutation in the same gene that causes albinism, according to Wikipedia.

5. Clara has her own private section in which to relax in the Brazilian sunshine away from the other animals.

Rejected By Her Mother At Birth, This Rare White Lion Cub Is Adopted By Zoo Keepers.

6. Clara’s parents were brought to the Brazilian zoo from Pretoria, South Africa, in 2011.

Rejected By Her Mother At Birth, This Rare White Lion Cub Is Adopted By Zoo Keepers.

Unfortunately, white lions’ lack of camouflage makes them an easier target for hunters in the wild. Furthermore, many white lions are held in captivity in zoos and circuses.

Clara’s parents were brought to the Brazilian zoo from Pretoria, South Africa, in 2011.

The cub’s carers plan to reintroduce her to the rest of the pack when she is six-months-old.

White lions vary in color from blonde to near-white. Their light coloration does not seem to disadvantage their survival.

Rejected By Her Mother At Birth, This Rare White Lion Cub Is Adopted By Zoo Keepers.

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