Guangzhou Zoo Lion Spotted With Straight Bangs, Instantly Becomes The Mane Attraction

Guangzhou Zoo lion straight bangs

White Lion In Guangzhou Zoo Has Unusually Straight Bangs

When visiting a zoo, lions are usually one of the top attractions. With their lush manes and majestic appearance, the kings of the jungle are always a sight to behold.

However, this particular lion at a zoo in China may be attracting visitors for an entirely different reason.

On Sunday (29 May), a Weibo user posted about a lion in the Guangzhou Zoo with straight bangs, leading many to think zookeepers had given it a haircut.

Guangzhou Zoo lion straight bangs

Source: 巨可爱收藏夹 on Weibo

However, zookeepers denied cutting his mane, saying that it is most likely high humidity that is causing the lion’s mane to droop.

User’s viral post caught attention of Guangzhou Zoo

Shortly after the Weibo user’s post went viral, Guangzhou Zoo’s official Weibo account jumped in on the fun.

Guangzhou Zoo lion bangs

Source: Guangzhou Zoo on Weibo

The user who originally posted the images captioned them with “I’m dying from laughter over the lion from Guangzhou Zoo. Who cut his hair!!!”

The zoo then entered the conversation with a reshare of the post that said “Although I changed my hairstyle, I’m still the most handsome guy there is. Hurry and come see me at the Guangzhou Zoo!”, along with the hashtag #DiscoveringGuangzhouZoo.

Guangzhou Zoo staff deny giving lion straight bangs

Guangzhou Zoo’s shoutout of their ‘mane attraction’ led to even more attention, prompting news outlets to interview his caretakers.

Although many speculated the lion, who is named Hang Hang, had been given a haircut, his caretakers insisted they don’t dare to do so.

Guangzhou Zoo lion straight bangs

Source: 巨可爱收藏夹 on Weibo

Rather, the straight bangs were a result of the high humidity in Guangzhou, which caused his mane to droop instead of puff up.

Hang Hang is part of a rare lion subspecies

The lion’s newfound fame also shed some light on his DNA, as Hang Hang is part of the rare white lion subspecies.

White lions get their unusual colour from a recessive gene, which can also be found in white tigers.

The majority of them have been put and bred in captivity since the 1970s due to their rarity.

Source: Dušan veverkolog on Unsplash

However, the Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT) successfully reestablished white lions in their natural habitat in 2004.

According to its website, three prides of the white lions were able to thrive and hunt as effectively as their tawny cousins – the Tawny African lion – by 2013.

Novel way of shedding light on animal conservation

Humidity-related hair problems aside, we’re glad that Hang Hang and his friends seem to be thriving in the Guangzhou Zoo.

Although viral moments like these aren’t planned, hopefully, they encourage more appreciation for wild animals in general.

Animal conservation is vital to the preservation of our ecosystem, especially when it comes to species that are hunted for their rare qualities.

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