The majestic animal, a rare white lion named Mufasa, is at the heart of a legal battle in South Africa as campaigners desperately bid to save his life.

A rare white lion is set to be auctioned off to be shot by trophy hunters – in spite of a huge worldwide campaign to save him. The majestic animal was confiscated three years ago when he was a cub, along with another baby lion called Soraya.rare-white-lion-is-auctioned-off-to-be-shot-by-trophy-hunters

Animal lovers want to move him to a sanctuary, but authorities in South Africa have instead announced he will be sold at auction.

Because Mufasa is infertile, the only value he would have is to be bought by a hunting company and then shot.

There are said to be less than 300 white lions like Mufasa in the world, with just 13 still living in the wild.white-lion-is-auctioned-off-to-be-shot-by-trophy-hunters

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for the decision to be reversed.

The post was published on Mirror website By Dave Burke 16 NOV 2018

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