Rare specimen of white lion dies in Pakistan zoo, controversy and suspicion of abuse

A rare white lion has died at a zoo in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. According to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), he was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis, while animal rights activists claim he died of malnutrition instead. The big cat was taken to Karachi Zoo in 2012 and was about 15 years old.

For several days now, videos of the lion’s plight have been circulating on social media. Authorities have ordered an investigation to find out the cause of death. The history of animal cruelty in Pakistan’s zoos is bad. This year, three white tiger cubs have died at the Lahore Zoo from a viral infection.


In September 2020, Kavanagh, a 35-year-old ‘lone elephant in the world’, was transferred from a state zoo in the Pakistani capital Islamabad to Cambodia. The elephant was brought to Islamabad from Sri Lanka in 1990 Thanks to a five-year campaign by animal rights activists, the elephant was finally rescued

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